Narrating career, positioning identity and constructing gender in an Italian adolescent's personal narratives

Pizzorno, Maria Chiara, Benozzo, Angelo and Carey, Neil (2015) Narrating career, positioning identity and constructing gender in an Italian adolescent's personal narratives. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 88. pp. 195-204. ISSN 0001-8791

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Abstract

This article explores identity career narratives as a gendered and gendering discourse. The 'gender differences' approach to career development conceives of gender as a dichotomous and fixed variable influencing various aspects of career. In contrast to this mainstream approach, the paper adopts a post-structural view and reads identity and gender in terms of performativity, that is to say, constituted through the productive power of discourses. Through a detailed analysis of a text written by Giada, an adolescent involved in a career counseling project in Italy, we analyze how her career narratives implicate and constitute gender in their telling. In particular, we present the discourses that frame Giada's career narrative and we highlight how these discourses position Giada as a woman and as female. These discourses can be read as regulatory discourses: shaping and reflecting particular understandings of gender. However, we also highlight Giada's agency in questioning the regulatory practice of such discourses through linguistic acts. In the conclusions, we further explore the potential implications of these research findings for a rethinking of career counseling research and practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agency,career narrative,discourse,gender,identity,performativity,education,applied psychology,organizational behavior and human resource management,life-span and life-course studies ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3304
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2019 09:30
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 07:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/70019
DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2015.03.002

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