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Introduction – disturbing work and transforming politics

ByTERRI SEDDON, LEA HENRIKSSON, BEATRIX NIEMEYER

This book is about politics and working life in a globalised world. It examines the way human service work – teaching, nursing and social work – is being disturbed today and how these disturbances both constrain and enable people’s agency in everyday practical politics. Large-scale changes in work and education are key features of contemporary global transformations. They are also key features of the local lived experience of these changes in particular places – workplaces that are also learning places. It is our contention that these local places are sites where a significant politics of work are playing out.