Career priorities and pathways across the (gendered) life course

Alessandra Rusconi, Phyllis E Moen, Anne Kaduk

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Three key social transformations – a changing workforce, the changing social contract between employers and employees (as a result of the new global risk economy), and changing temporal and spatial boundaries (tied to new information technologies as well as a competitive global workforce) – are revealing internal inconsistencies in the taken-for-granted clockworks of work-hours, career paths and retirement timing, as well as in labor market, job, and economic security policies and practices. Existing organizational and governmental regimes are based on the career mystique that developed in the US and Europe in the middle of the twentieth century, a belief that continuous, full-time employment (which often includes moving up organizational or occupational ladders), culminating in the full-time leisure of retirement is the (only) path to the good life (Moen and Roehling, 2005).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Work–Life Integration Among Professionals
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges and Opportunities
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781781009291
ISBN (Print)9781781009284
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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© Debra A. Major and Ronald Burke 2013. All rights reserved.


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