Interpreting Career: Hermeneutical Studies of Lives in Context

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This work reports on a range of research studies in the career field that use biographical, narrative, and ecological approaches within an interpretive framework. It responds to the recognized dissonance between career theory and research, on the one part, and practice, on the other. It also responds to the view that in recent years practice has outstripped career theory and research. The qualitative approaches used in the research reported have gained popularity in the social sciences in recent years, but have been largely untried in the career field.

This work offers specific interpretive studies that range over the life span and involve a number of perspectives including contexts such as parental influence, socio-political milieu, early career studies of apprentices, medical students, and nurses, studies of the established careers of secretaries, women entrepreneurs, teachers, and studies of the careers of older workers. In addition, the book contains interpretive studies pertaining to career theory, counseling and other interventions, and the research process. It also recognizes issues highlighted by a postmodernist perspective. A number of audiences will find this book useful: industrial/organizational psychologists, counseling psychologists, career counselors, counselor educators, and researchers in the career area from psychology and sociology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275939502
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1992
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD YOUNG is Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

AUDREY COLLIN is Reader in Organizational Behavior in the Department of Human Resource Management, De Monfort University.

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Table of Contents

1 Constructing Career Through Narrative and Context: An Interpretive Perspective 1
Pt. I Hermeneutical Studies of the Experience of Career
2 Great Expectations? Toward an Understanding of the Life Plan 15
3 The Construction of a Moral Career in Medicine 31
4 Developmental Processes of Young Women in a Caring Profession: A Qualitative Life-Event Study 48
5 The Notion of Managerial and Clerical Careers as They Emerge from Descriptions of Self and Coworkers 63
6 Advancing an Ecological Perspective of Vocational Development: The Construction of Personal Work Integration 79
7 Patterns of Unhappiness in Men's Careers 98
8 Entrepreneurial Women and the Relational Component of Identity: A Hermeneutical Study of Career 117
9 Interpreting the End of a Career 134
Pt. II Hermeneutical Studies of Career Theory, Research, and Practice
10 Autonomy and Learning about Work 151
11 Career Decisions: A Critical Psychology 168
12 Time to Reflect: Biographical Study, Personal Insight, and Professional Development 177
13 The Experience of Carrying Out a Hermeneutical Study 189
Bibliography 209
Name Index 223
Subject Index 229
About the Contributors 239
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