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Imagining Women's Careers$
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Laurie Cohen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199697199

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697199.001.0001

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Women’s Career Lives: 1993–2010

Women’s Career Lives: 1993–2010

(p.1) 1 Women’s Career Lives: 1993–2010
Imagining Women's Careers

Laurie Cohen

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the study and sets the scene for the rest of the book, situating the study within extant debates on the nature and development of women’s careers. It argues that although movement over time is fundamental to the concept of career, in practice careers research rarely adequately captures this aspect and asks how attention to this temporal dimension illuminates existing understandings. Empirically, it establishes the context in which the study was carried out, focusing specifically on the economic setting—from recession to recession; the rise of the ideology of enterprise; large scale organizational change and restructuring; the changing nature of women’s work and careers. It finishes by providing an overview of the book.

Keywords:   women’s careers, change, continuity, temporal, spatial context

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