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`To career used to mean to swerve wildly or to go swiftly. In this beautifully argued, richly documented, original, liberating work, Arthur, Inksen, and Pringle demonstrate that the new careers once more are about swift swerves, unexpected agency, and enacted opportunities and constraints. Readers will think about the future in ways they never imagined possible. This is a good book. People need to get it in their hands to see how good it is'- Karl Weick, University of Michigan The New Careers offers a major new approach to the concept of career and the relation of the individual to the contemporary workplace. It shows that our traditional conceptions of careers are rooted in the stable conditions of the Indus

The Enactment of Careers: From Present to Future
The enactment of careers: From present to future

Our objective in this book is to look at careers through a different lens. We are aware that the world in which careers are played out is changing rapidly. We are also aware that traditional lenses were never designed to highlight this change.

The traditional lenses suggested that people would stay with what they had been trained for, what they knew, what society seemed to designate for them. Vocational theories emphasized that people remain adjusted to their jobs and occupations. Adult development theories and career-stage theories suggested common frames to explain myriad career experiences. The management literature treated the career as a micro-tool of the Industrial State, a company-engineered device to ...

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