Reproducing the City of London’s institutional landscape: the role of education and the learning of situated practices by early career elites

Faulconbridge, James R. and Hall, Sarah (2014) Reproducing the City of London’s institutional landscape: the role of education and the learning of situated practices by early career elites. Environment and Planning A, 46 (7). pp. 1682-1698. ISSN 0308-518X

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Abstract

In this paper we argue that postgraduate education forms an important, but hitherto neglected, element in the distinctive institutional landscape of the City of London.

In particular, and drawing on research into early-career financial and legal elites in the City, we show how postgraduate education tailored to the demands of employers within London plays an important role in indoctrinating early-career elites into situated, Cityspecific,

working practices and, in so doing, helps to sustain the City’s cultures and norms of financial practice. Specifying the role of postgraduate education in reproducing these

situated City practices is significant because, although geographical variegation in working practices between international financial centres has been widely reported, less attention has been paid to how such institutionally embedded differences are created and sustained. By identifying education as one mechanism of creation and sustenance, our analysis enhances understanding of how the institutional landscapes that underlie financial centres might be maintained or, when necessary, challenged; challenge being significant in relation to attempts to reform practices and cultures in international financial centres in the wake of the 2007–08 crisis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: James R Faulconbridge, Sarah Hall, 2014. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning A, 46(7), 1682-1698, 2014, doi: 10.1068/a45392
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Geography
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1068/a45392
Depositing User: Hall, Dr Sarah
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2014 17:17
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 15:03
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/3284

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