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Seddon, Terri
Exploring capacity-building: between neo-liberal globalisation and national systems of education and training

This paper draws on a case study of a small private training provider that operates in Melbourne, Australia in order to investigate innovative educational practices arising in the context of neo-liberal globalisation.  In the functionalist literature these innovative practices are commonly called 'capacity building', although the term 'capability' is sometimes used in parallel ways.  But as leaders in the functionalist tradition note, 'capacity-building' is not well conceptualised. 
My aim in this paper is to unpack the functionalist conceptions of capacity-building. I argue that the poor conceptualisation of capacity-building is, in part, a consequence of the systems metaphor that underpins much functionalist theorising.  I begin to develop a somewhat different conceptualisation that draws more sharply from the conflict tradition in sociology. On this basis, I suggest that capacity-building is a both a form of innovative educational practice and a practical politics which is forged in the retreat from statist nation-building projects, the reaffirmed tribalism which accompanies globalisation, and the reworking of social justice agendas in our times.


Complete reference:
Manning, Sabine; Raffe, David (eds.). 2000. VETNET ECER 2000 proceedings: Current research in European vocational education and human resource development. Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet:].
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