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Understanding and Researching 'Choice' in Women's Career Trajectories

Lewis, Patricia and Simpson, Ruth (2015) Understanding and Researching 'Choice' in Women's Career Trajectories. In: Braodbridge, Adelina and Fielden, Sandra, eds. Handbook of Gendered Careers in Management: Getting In, Getting On, Getting Out. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 44-60. ISBN 978-1-78254-768-6. E-ISBN 978-1-78254-770-9. (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)

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Abstract

In this chapter we consider some of the cultural conditions that make the notion of choice appear persuasive in accounts of women's career experiences. We contextualize the emergence of choice around careers by connecting it to the cultural discourse of postfeminism. Reflecting a primacy placed on individualization and on the role of the individual, divorced from structures such as gender and class, postfeminism is oriented towards an understanding of feminine agency and a new 'choosing femininity' that suggests women can 'have it all'. In connecting the phenomenon of choice to its social and cultural context, we highlight in particular the hidden and hitherto unrecognized influence of postfeminism in Hakim's account of preference theory which proposes that labour market outcomes are largely the result of individual choices made.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5351 Business
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Patricia Lewis
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2018 18:44 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/71097 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lewis, Patricia: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9842-4412
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