This paper draws on data from a longitudinal case study of a Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) instituted by the state government in Victoria in the arena of post-compulsory education and training to explore the possibilities of a new approach to thinking about networks, their formation and operation, one that is inspired by ‘A Thousand Plateaus’ (Deleuze & Guattari, 1987). Using a rhizomatic approach, my focus is on the middle—the plateau—a space that is made of lines moving in multiple directions. Looking at the middle disrupts taken-for-granted understandings and perceptions of linearity; it is in considering middles and plateaus that it is possible to move beyond a concern with joining-up ‘fixed’ entities within existing, and constrained, ways of knowing and, in the process, finding new ways of understanding and realizing the potential of a phenomenon that is ‘fast becoming a standard explanation of structure and action in both the public and private domain’ (Considine, 2002).
|Keywords:||Deleuze, Rhizome, Post-compulsory Education, Networking, Capacity-building|
Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Political & Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, Dublin City University, Melbourne, Ireland
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