This submission contains eight papers and a synoptic commentary to be examined for the\ud award of PhD on the Basis of Published Work. The papers focus upon the further education\ud (FE) system in England. Each examines significant contemporary or historical issues and\ud provides a critical analysis of the changing nature of FE. Collectively, the publications\ud constitute an original and significant contribution to understanding further education and the\ud social and economic context within which it is placed. The commentary highlights the links\ud between the different papers and demonstrates their coherence; it locates the publications\ud within an overarching analytical framework; and it shows how the work submitted makes a\ud significant contribution to knowledge. It also explains my contribution to the three coauthored\ud papers that constitute part of this thesis. It is argued that, taken together, my work\ud provides a sustained and consistent critique of the English further education system from a\ud critical materialist perspective
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