de Munck et al - Chapter 02
Apprenticeship or vocational training is a subject of lively debate.
Economic historians tend to see apprenticeship as a purely economic
phenomenon, as an ‘incomplete contract’ in need of legal and
institutional enforcement mechanisms. The contributors to this volume
have adopted a broader perspective. They regard learning on the shop
floor as a complex social and cultural process, to be situated in an
ever-changing historical context. The results are surprising. The
authors convincingly show that research on apprenticeship and learning
on the shop floor is intimately associated with migration patterns,
family economy and household strategies, gender perspectives, urban
identities and general educational and pedagogical contexts.