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Making Career Stories

Navigating Work and a Sense of Security

Authors: Scillio, Mark

  • Provides timely insight into how people manage career insecurity and seek concrete narratives
  • Deals with issues that cut across a range of disciplines and sub-disciplines
  • Builds a new framework of "career security" for the modern world
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About this book

This book is about how people construct career stories: the stories we use to make sense of our work life. Mark Scillio explores the idea of security in the current turbulent employment climate, investigating employment experiences in developed, wealthy countries like Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom—where careers have become fragmented, complex, and uncertain. Using Anthony Giddens’ notion of ontological security, Scillio develops a concept of career security that goes beyond economic and financial concerns and encompasses the personal and social meaning of work. The ramifications of succeeding (or failing) to forge a good career narrative are explored through a series of detailed case studies.

About the authors

Mark Scillio has worked as a university lecturer, adult educator, policy advisor, and social researcher. He currently teaches sociology at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.

Reviews

“Mark Scillio vividly tells the stories of middle Australians and how they are negotiating changing work worlds. Their experiences are recounted with precision and theoretical virtuosity, but also with care and sensitivity. I got to know these people.” (Nicholas Hookway, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Tasmania, Australia)

“In this timely, empirically rich study, Scillio provides a sophisticated account of the career stories that we tell ourselves in order to make sense of our lives and our work trajectories. He innovates by developing the concept of career security which enables us to reach beyond the objective factors associated with income and employment conditions to consider also the subjective meanings that are forged as individuals grasp the social and personal meanings of work. This book is highly recommended for students and specialists in the field.” (Simon Stewart, Deputy Director of the Centre for European and International Studies Research, University of Portsmouth, UK)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Situating This Study on Career Security

    Scillio, Mark

    Pages 3-32

  • Conceptualising Career Security

    Scillio, Mark

    Pages 33-53

  • Tina – The Quest for Material Security

    Scillio, Mark

    Pages 57-69

  • Rita – The Public Service as Refuge

    Scillio, Mark

    Pages 71-81

  • Neil, Melissa and Britta – Organisations as Places of Development and Learning

    Scillio, Mark

    Pages 83-97

Buy this book

eBook £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-55179-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £74.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-55178-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £74.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-85587-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Making Career Stories
Book Subtitle
Navigating Work and a Sense of Security
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55179-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55179-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55178-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85587-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 238
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