به سوی یک چشم انداز رابطه ای از روانشناسی زندگی حرفه ای و کار : تجزیه و تحلیل ساختارگرایی اجتماعی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|5011||2004||18 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||7530 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Vocational Behavior, Volume 64, Issue 3, June 2004, Pages 423–440
This article explores the contributions of social constructionist thought to the development of a relational approach to careers. In this article, the term “careers” is defined as encompassing the working lives of all individuals. Using a social constructionist perspective to critique existing assumptions about careers, work, and relationships, the authors develop a conceptual framework that expands the theoretical opportunities inherent in a relational approach to the study of careers. The article concludes by highlighting implications of a social constructionist analysis of a relational approach to careers for theory development, research, practice, and public policy,
One of the most prominent themes in recent movements to contextualize career concerns has been the exploration of the connection between interpersonal relationships and the work and career world (e.g., Blustein, 2001b; Flum, 2001a; Hall, 1996). As we propose in this article, the relational context offers career theorists and practitioners considerable leverage in understanding how people comprehend, construct, and act in relation to the challenges and opportunities of contemporary working experiences. A key attribute of the infusion of a contextual framework in career development has been the increased use of narratives, stories, and conversation as representations of current discourses and a means of understanding career life (e.g., Blustein, Phillips, Jobin-Davis, Finkelberg, & Roarke, 1997; Collin & Young, 2000; Juntunen et al., 2001). As scholars and practitioners reflect on the content of these narratives, a consistent relational theme has emerged that runs through the diverse ways in which people understand their working lives (e.g., Blustein et al., 2001; Flum, 2001b; Sennett, 1998). Another important implication of the focus on context in the study of careers is the awareness that multiple truths exist in the way in which people construct their perceptions and narratives about their working experiences. The growing appreciation of the multiplicity of psychological experience has been explored with great promise within the social constructionist perspective, which has raised fundamental questions about many existing assumptions in the social sciences (Burr, 1995; Cushman, 1995; Gergen, 1999). In short, social constructionist thought generates a critical view of a variety of traditions, questions taken-for-granted knowledge, and shakes the ground under long accepted assumptions of Western culture in general, and in the social sciences in particular. In this article, we seek to link the emerging relational perspective of careers with an explicit discussion of social constructionism. The recent literature that has sought to understand the connections between interpersonal life and career development has tended to use a variety of epistemological perspectives, including, but not limited to social constructionism. For example, some of the research and theory, particularly emerging from the literature on attachment theory, has been framed within a positivist or post-positivist tradition (e.g., Blustein, Prezioso, & Schultheiss, 1995; O'Brien, 1996). Other contributions that have sought to expand the conceptual landscape of our understanding of work and relationships have implicitly or explicitly adopted a social constructionist perspective as a means of incorporating a wider array of voices into our thinking and practice efforts (e.g., Blustein et al., 2001; Richardson, 1993). Following the promise of recent contextually informed efforts at understanding how people engage in their working lives (e.g., Young & Collin, 1992), we use social constructionist thought to present a compelling portrayal of the relational framework that is woven throughout the career process. As such, the goal of the present article is use the social constructionist perspective as a means of understanding the complex interconnections between relationships and working. As we propose in this contribution, social constructionism provides a powerful means of locating scholarship close to those we seek to understand. As we examine the working lives of people across time frames and cultures, we are strongly encouraged to converse with and give voice to the experiences of individuals who engage in the diverse activities, plans, and interactions that comprise a working life. In our view, moving closer to the experiences of people as they reflect on their careers will yield new insights about the intersection of relationships and work. Prior to outlining the important advances that social constructionist thinking offers a relational approach to careers, we first seek to chart the terrain of this exploration by defining our interpretation of the terms “career,” “relational,” and “social constructionism.” We then map the space that is shared by these concepts, which will ultimately yield a greater understanding of the relational nature of working and careers.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
As we have conveyed in this article, we are in need of a generative theory to account for the work and relational world in a way that challenges the taken-for-granted conventions of understanding, predicting, and facilitating career behaviors. By adopting the social constructionist position outlined here, it becomes evident that traditional theory, research, and practice in vocational psychology would be dramatically transformed. This implies a shift in focus from intrapsychic structures to relational processes and language as centrally important features of social construction. Knowledge that allows for alternative discourses and voices from the margins can no longer be constructed between researcher and participant with the implicit power imbalances that are inevitable when participants continue as objectified subjects of study (Gergen, 1991). A new language representing new metaphors and narratives of relationships is needed to provide the building blocks for alternative discourses of the work and relationship space, one that assimilates positive aspects of interdependence into career identities and behaviors (Gergen, 1991; Josselson, 1992). In our view, the relational approach, informed by social constructionist thought, may form the basis for a far richer contextualized view of careers that will more accurately capture the real world of people as they negotiate life tasks and responsibilities.