Changing the discourse of women’s work : challenges and future directions

Patton, Wendy A. (2013) Changing the discourse of women’s work : challenges and future directions. In Patton, Wendy A. (Ed.) Conceptualising Women's Working Lives : Moving the Boundaries of Discourse. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 193-203.

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Theoretical work on the career development of women has travelled a journey from critique to creation. Early work responded to and criticised a literature that focused on theorising male roles in a workplace that was conceptualised as providing vertical career paths primarily for middle class males. Theorists have criticised the limitations of this theorising on the basis of gender, ability and social class variables - to name just a few. More recently theorists are creating new constructions and frameworks to enable a more holistic understanding of career, applicable to both women and men. This book provides a history of theorising about women's careers, in addition to presenting a focus on current empirical and theoretical work which contributes to current understandings of women's working lives. It has both mapped the current discourse and suggests challenges for future work. This chapter will provide a synthesis of the key issues presented in the book and pose some challenges for future work.

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ID Code: 59204
Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 9789462092082
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Sense Publishers
Deposited On: 18 Apr 2013 21:51
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2013 03:42

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