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The role of imagination in emergent career agency

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The role of imagination in emergent career agency

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Western societies are quickly becoming less coherent (Giddens, 1991). As a result it is increasingly unclear how individuals should act in a range of situations or how they may understand themselves. To a certain extent this development towards more diverse perspectives and a broader range of ways to act is a positive one, as cultures can only develop as they are confronted with different perspectives. A uniform culture would simply reach a standstill. That said, current society now demands of its citizens that they become increasingly self-reliant and by extension develop a capacity to be self-governing. On the labour market self-reliance and self-determination have been considered par for the course even longer. It is no surprise then that terms like self-direction, self-governing teams, employability and resilience are considered part of the standard repertoire of politicians and employers (Van der Heijden & De Vos, 2017). Within the social sciences, an ability to be self-governing and self-reliant are terms that are associated with the concept “agency”. However, the latter is a fairly vague, multidimensional concept (Arthur, 2014) that refers to the ‘scope of action’ an individual has in a fluid society (Bauman, 2000). In this article we would like to explore the concept of ‘agency’ further whereby we focus on the role of imagination in enacting it.

https://doi.org/10.1177/1038416218777832

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OrganisatieDe Haagse Hogeschool
AfdelingFaculteit Business, Finance & Marketing
LectoraatLectoraat Duurzame Talentontwikkeling
Gepubliceerd inAustralian Journal of Career Development SAGE, Melbourne, Vol. 27, Uitgave: 2, Pagina's: 88-98
Datum2018-08-07
TypeArtikel
DOI10.1177/1038416218777832
TaalEngels

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