Constructing Actor-Networks for the Practice of Local Learning Centres in Sweden
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This study concerns how the local learning centres (LLC) organisation constructs a network within the practice of adult education in Sweden. In a number of interviews the representatives of the LLC organisation describe the strains of networking; obstacles and strategies to involve new actors in the network. This study seeks to outline the different interest of the LLC organisation and investigate the obstacles and strategies used in the process of constructing a network of adult education. The network construction is described from the viewpoint of the representatives and the study takes on the perspective of actor-network theory. The results of the study show how actors are considered to be „self-evident‟, „interposed‟ or „reluctant‟ towards involvement in the network. The enrolment is compromised by geographical issues and the autonomy of actors. The process of translation is also constrained by formal requirements, financial problems and lack of interest from target groups. The article discusses the strivings of the organisation to receive a strong position as an indispensable actor in a network of adult education. It will be argued that actors resist involvement despite different strategies of enrolment and that the network is still under construction which gives the LLC organisation uncertain prospects.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-69599OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-69599DiVA: diva2:429628