Careers, Identities, and Institutions: The Legacy of the Chicago School of Sociology

Career Studies

Stephen Barley

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  • This chapter examines contemporary adult development theory, particularly as it relates to the theory of careers. It presents a case that to more fully understand the processes of career development, one must attend to the dynamics of life course development and adjustment. Thus, we intend to show the benefit of adding the adult development approach to career theory to help reconcile otherwise contradictory findings in the career literature. To illustrate this point, we start with a comprehensive model of career adjustment that integrates adult development concepts with career dynamics. We then move to a review and critical analysis of the current adult development literature.

    Careers, Identities, and Institutions: The Legacy of the Chicago School of Sociology’, StephenR.BarleyMichaelB.Arthur, DouglasT.Hall and BarbaraS.Lawrence (eds), Handbook of Career Theory (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), pp. 41–65.© Cambridge University Press 1989, reproduced with permission.

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