chapter  10
13 Pages

An Australian worker navigating precarious work and fluid subjectivity


With the restructuring of the Australian economy in the 1990s, the role of education in preparing people for employment has shifted. Employment in services has now outpaced manufacturing as Australia has moved away from protectionism in response to new global economic arrangements. New production practices such as out-sourcing, off-shoring, privatisation and contracted labour hire reshaped Australian industries and employment has now become more precarious. With these far-reaching economic changes, the connections between learning and employment are being reconfigured.