Moral struggles, subtle shifts : narrative practices of identity works in career transitions

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en LaPointe, Kirsi 2013-10-10T10:04:30Z 2013-10-10T10:04:30Z 2011
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-4097-4
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4934
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the practices, resources and constraints of identity work in unpredictable career transitions. It aims to problematize individualistic views of career change and identities by focusing on the mundane, gendered and culturally situated activities of identity work. Based on dialogical narrative analysis of interviews among Finnish business graduates, this study specifies three practices of doing identity work: 1) positioning as the main character of a career change narrative, 2) temporal ordering of multiple identity positions, and 3) negotiating identity conflicts. Moreover, it identifies three master narratives used to account for career transition - disruption, mismatch and life renewal. In addition to these narratives, the study illustrates the variety of resources that come to play in identity work and analyzes how identity work is gendered via the identity positions available. Based on follow-up interviews, this study also describes practices of identity work in career transitions over time as well as the resources, constraints and actions influencing changes in identity work. This research contributes to the literature on identity work and career transitions by showing how identity work is done in situated interaction and empowered or constrained by the cultural and habitual resources available in given contexts. In contrast to idealized images of heroic, individualistic career identity changes, this study argues that identity work in transitions involves moral negotiation and struggle among conflicting culturally situated notions of what good careers and lives mean. However, it also points to the possibilities for reflexivity and change through subtle shifts of repositioning by engaging with alternative cultural practices and resources. en
dc.format.extent 209 s.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aalto University en
dc.publisher Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Aalto University publication series. DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries 34/2011 fi
dc.title Moral struggles, subtle shifts : narrative practices of identity works in career transitions en
dc.type G4 Monografiaväitöskirja fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen ja kansainvälisen liiketoiminnan laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Management and International Business en
dc.identifier.urn URN:ISBN:978-952-60-4097-4
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Organisaatiot ja johtaminen fi
dc.programme.major Organization and Management en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (monografia) fi
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (monograph) en
dc.contributor.supervisor Räsänen, Keijo
dc.opn Coupland, Christine, professor, University of Hull, Great Britain
dc.opn Räsänen, Keijo, professor, ,
dc.subject.helecon työ
dc.subject.helecon identiteetti
dc.subject.helecon urakehitys
dc.subject.helecon muutos
dc.subject.helecon tarina
dc.subject.helecon sukupuoli
dc.subject.helecon johtaminen
dc.subject.helecon kansainväliset yhtiöt
dc.subject.helecon work
dc.subject.helecon identity
dc.subject.helecon career development
dc.subject.helecon change
dc.subject.helecon narrative
dc.subject.helecon gender
dc.subject.helecon management
dc.subject.helecon international companies 2011-05-13
dc.dissid 423
dc.identifier.bibid 574439

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