ERIC Number: EJ718910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Reference Count: 33
The "Self-Interested" Woman Academic: A Consideration of Beck's Model of the "Individualised Individual"
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v26 n1 p5-16 Feb 2005
The work of Ulrich Beck, particularly his concept of the "individualised individual", is increasingly cited by educational social scientists. As yet, there have been few empirical investigations that consider how applicable and relevant is the notion of the "individualised individual" in understanding how people make sense of their lives (for an exception, see Reay, 2003). This paper considers Beck's assertion that social class is of increasingly less importance as society shifts from a first to a second modernity. Interviews were carried out into the career experiences of a group of academic women working in higher education institutions. The conclusions reached suggest that if Beck's theory is to be useful in understanding contemporary actors in contemporary societies then the critical concepts he introduces need to be articulated by researchers in more complex ways.
Descriptors: Social Class, Women Faculty, Higher Education, Individual Power, Individual Characteristics, Employed Women, Work Experience, Gender Issues, Females, Foreign Countries, Career Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)