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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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Changing Contexts

Changing Contexts

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Imagining Women's Careers

Laurie Cohen

Oxford University Press

Focusing primarily on the 2010 interviews, this chapter examines women’s accounts of change in their career contexts and why this mattered. It draws on Duberley, Cohen, and Mallon’s (2006) structuration framework for highlighting career change and continuity, conceptualizing women’s career worlds as diverse and contradictory, and including unplanned and unforeseen dimensions. The key issues women highlighted were (1) foreseen and unexpected change in macro context; (2) information and communication technology; (3) managerialism and regulatory change; (4) personal dimensions: family and friends, health and illness; and (5) social attitudes. The chapter argues that together the data vividly illustrate the embedded nature of career. Using Johns’ (2006) ‘omnibus’ view of context this is conceptualized in terms of; situational features; meaning shapers; and on-going features—thus highlighting change, continuity, materiality, and ideology.

Keywords:   context, structuration, macro change, information and communication technology, managerialism and regulation, personal dimensions, social attitudes

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