Learning to Entrepreneurially Labour

  • Jessica Gerrard


Gerrard argues that social enterprise and the informal work of selling homeless street press are important contemporary sites of learning to work. In this chapter, Gerrard develops theories of learning and working in order to explicate the ways in which informal and work-based learning constitutes an important site of self-making in contemporary societies. Differences between the homeless street press’ aspirations for sellers to engage in work, learning and self-transformation are examined, as is sellers’ diverse experiences of this. In particular, Gerrard explicates the differences in approaches between the self-help activist Street Sheet and the social enterprise The Big Issue.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica Gerrard
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  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourne Graduate School of EducationMelbourneAustralia

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