Insecurity and stratification in 'new' work careers
29 september 2017
Stadscampus, de Meerminne, aula M.002 - St-Jacobsstraat 2 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus
Prof. dr. Dimitri Mortelmans
Doctoraatsverdediging Maxim Kovalenko (Departement Sociologie) - Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen
Many career theorists have proclaimed a Copernican shift in the structure of modern careers. Stable careers with upward linear progression within a single organization are said to have been replaced by more flexible, mobile, and individually tailored career trajectories.
The capacity of an individual to navigate and self-direct their career has become a key element in understanding this new career environment. Sociological theory, on the other hand, suggests a number of macro-level socio-economic factors that may significantly constrain individuals in their search for career success.
From that perspective, the increasing flexibility in work and career can entail various negative consequences for workers. In this dissertation, the darker side of contemporary careers is explored and several key assumptions of modern career theory are reviewed and challenged.
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