Recognition of Prior Learning as a Practice for Differential Inclusion and Exclusion of Immigrants in Sweden
2008 (English)In: Adult Education Quarterly, ISSN 0741-7136, Vol. 59, no 1, 42-60 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The purpose of this article is to describe and analyze how recognition of prior learning acts as a dividing practice and a technique for inclusion/exclusion of immigrants in their vocations in Swedish working life. It is a qualitative study of three pilot programs in Swedish urban centers, and the data consist of interviews, and documents pertaining to these programs. The theoretical starting point of the analysis is three Foucauldian concepts: order of discourse, dividing practice, and technology of power. The results show how recognition of prior learning acts as a dividing practice; in the process of recognition, the targeting of certain vocations for assessment, the de-grading of competence in the process, and the differing opportunities vis-à-vis further training and the labor market, are part of the process of inclusion/exclusion in/from the “orders” of the labor market. Technologies of power – surveillance, observation, and examination – are part of this process.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 59, no 1, 42-60 p.
Dividing practice, Immigrants, Order of discourse, Recognition of prior learning, Technology of power
National CategorySocial Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15383DOI: 10.1177/0741713608325173OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-15383DiVA: diva2:114081
The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in: Adult Education Quarterly, (59), 1, 42-60, 2008.Andersson, P. and Osman, A., Recognition of Prior Learning as a Practice for Differential Inclusion and Exclusion of Immigrants in Swedenhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0741713608325173. by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. http://www.sagepub.com/ 2008-11-052008-11-052014-10-08Bibliographically approved