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Sociological Conceptualisations of 'Career': A Review and Reorientation

Cuzzocrea, Valentina, Lyon, Dawn (2011) Sociological Conceptualisations of 'Career': A Review and Reorientation. Sociology Compass, 5 (12). pp. 1029-1043. ISSN 1751-9020. (doi:10.1111/j.1751-9020.2011.00429.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:37187)

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Abstract

In the last decades, the use and meaning of the concept of career has profoundly changed, shaped by a 'new career' literature rhetoric and a move away from mainstream sociological debate. Our aim in this article is to provide a critical assessment of the concept, and to make a productive contribution to the current debate on careers, and work more generally. Specifically, we seek to: (i) critique the lack of elaboration of the concept within the discipline of sociology in recent years; (ii) reposition the concept of careers as a key sociological category; and (iii) assess and reorient the current meanings of career. After tracing the history of career from linear to boundaryless, we situate the concept in a broader sociological understanding of gender and habitus and structure and agency, and through a methodological discussion of narrative approaches for studying careers. These concepts and approaches are especially effective for understanding careers. Having showed the added value of the concept of career for sociology, we conclude with a research agenda which attempts to overcome the voluntaristic pitfall of its use in recent years and opens up a more thoughtful and articulated understanding of careers for both teaching and research.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1751-9020.2011.00429.x
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2013 10:06 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37187 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lyon, Dawn: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8534-2194
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