Interpreting Career: Hermeneutical Studies of Lives in Context

Interpreting Career: Hermeneutical Studies of Lives in Context

by Richard Young
     
 

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

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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:
07/30/1992
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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Constructing Career Through Narrative and Context: An Interpretive Perspective1
Pt. IHermeneutical Studies of the Experience of Career
2Great Expectations? Toward an Understanding of the Life Plan15
3The Construction of a Moral Career in Medicine31
4Developmental Processes of Young Women in a Caring Profession: A Qualitative Life-Event Study48
5The Notion of Managerial and Clerical Careers as They Emerge from Descriptions of Self and Coworkers63
6Advancing an Ecological Perspective of Vocational Development: The Construction of Personal Work Integration79
7Patterns of Unhappiness in Men's Careers98
8Entrepreneurial Women and the Relational Component of Identity: A Hermeneutical Study of Career117
9Interpreting the End of a Career134
Pt. IIHermeneutical Studies of Career Theory, Research, and Practice
10Autonomy and Learning about Work151
11Career Decisions: A Critical Psychology168
12Time to Reflect: Biographical Study, Personal Insight, and Professional Development177
13The Experience of Carrying Out a Hermeneutical Study189
Bibliography209
Name Index223
Subject Index229
About the Contributors239

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