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ERIC Number: EJ1006624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0001-8791
Constructing Careers through Narrative and Music: An Analysis of "Desert Island Discs"
Cohen, Laurie; Duberley, Joanne
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v82 n3 p165-175 Jun 2013
The generation of brand new data seems to be an unwritten rule of much social research and the career field is no exception. However, in these austere economic times, we need to urgently reconsider our research norms and to think of creative ways of doing more for less. We would argue that given the "ordinariness" of the career concept and hence the ubiquity of career stories in the public domain, for career researchers there are many sources of data which have yet to be explored. One such source is "Desert Island Discs," a UK BBC program which was first broadcast in 1942 and has been on air weekly ever since. For a career researcher, Desert Island Discs provides extensive insights into people's career lifeworlds that are all the more fascinating because they are unsullied by the researcher's own agenda. In this paper we investigate what Desert Island Disc data can teach us about the performative dimension of career and critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using publicly available datasets from popular culture in career research. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom