Work in progress: narratives of aspiration from the new economy

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Author: Morgan, George


Central to the discourses of the new economy is the model of the flexible, adaptive, ambitious and individualistic worker. This article considers the subjective purchase of that model by analysing interviews with three young women living and working in urban Australia. Their respective narratives of aspiration illustrate contrasting responses to the challenges posed by an increasingly unclear and unstable vocational landscape. The first, [Anne], while in high school worked on a casual basis in a shop selling surf wear and her father initiated her to the surfing subculture. Consistent...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Youth; Employment; Career development; Research

Keywords: Career goal; Aspirations; Career choice; Attitude

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Abingdon, England: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis, 2006

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Journal volume: 19

Journal number: 2

Journal date: April 2006

Pages: pp.141-151

ISSN: 1363-9080, 1469-9435 (online)

Statement of responsibility: George Morgan

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 86.66

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