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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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The Career Imagination

The Career Imagination

(p.164) 9 The Career Imagination
Imagining Women's Careers

Laurie Cohen

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces and maps the concept of the career imagination. Synthesizing the notions of career world view and career self-concept discussed previously, the career imagination is a cognitive construct, articulated discursively. It defines and delimits what is possible, legitimate, and appropriate, prescribing its own (sometimes competing) criteria for success. After broadly defining the career imagination concept and considering its origins, the chapter identifies its key dimensions: occupations and trajectories, values, relationships between work and home arenas, and career identities. Finally, the chapter considers the concept’s scope for change. Drawing on ideas and themes highlighted in previous chapters, it illustrates how these coalesce in the concept of the career imagination.

Keywords:   career imagination, script, habitus, social imaginary, career identity

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