Between conformity and contestation: South Asian immigrant women negotiating soft skill training in Canada

Maitra, S. (2015) Between conformity and contestation: South Asian immigrant women negotiating soft skill training in Canada. Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, 27(2), pp. 65-78.

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Abstract

In the current Canadian neoliberal labour market, work-related learning and training are considered key strategies for developing workers’ economic productivity as well as expediting their integration to the labour market. An important aspect of such training and learning now consists of soft skills. Yet some scholars are ambivalent about the nature of such soft skill training as their curriculum are often suffused with cultural and racial values geared towards assimilating immigrants of colour to the dominant and normative national culture of the country. This paper further problematizes soft skill training by examining the training/learning experiences of highly educated South Asian women trying to enter the Canadian labour market after immigration. In particular, it highlights these women’s engagement with such soft skill training and their negotiation processes, thereby analyzing their agency in the context of work-related learning.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Parallel title: La Revue canadienne pour l’étude de l’éducation des adultes.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Maitra, Dr Srabani
Authors: Maitra, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education
Publisher:CASAE
ISSN:0835-4944
ISSN (Online):1925-993X
Copyright Holders:copyright © 2015 Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education/ L’Association canadienne pour l’étude de l’éducation des adultes
First Published:First published in Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education 27(2):65-78
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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