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Extended Review: Economy, work and education: critical connections

Connolly, Mark ORCID: 2013. Extended Review: Economy, work and education: critical connections. British Journal of Sociology of Education 34 (3) , pp. 467-474. 10.1080/01425692.2013.773736

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Since the 1990s it has become virtually axiomatic that Britain’s economic competitiveness depends on its development of a knowledge-based economy (KBE). This turn to knowledge as the country’s primary resource was, essentially, a reaction to the vicissitudes of globalization, where traditional manufacturing jobs migrated to countries with lower labour costs. Consequently, according to the KBE thesis, Britain's economic success depends on fostering and developing innovative goods and services that would be produced by the celebrated, highly skilled ‘knowledge worker’. The key to this move to a knowledge-rich economy was seen to be education: individuals need to acquire knowledge and skills that will, purportedly, create an economy based on innovative knowledge in goods and services.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 June 2017
Date of Acceptance: 1 January 2013
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 19:45

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