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ERIC Number: EJ924868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0907-5682
Childhood as a Resource and Laboratory for the Self-Project
Buhler-Niederberger, Doris; Konig, Alexandra
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v18 n2 p180-195 May 2011
The biographies of individuals in today's societies are characterized by the need to exert effort and make decisions in planning one's life course. A "self-project" has to be worked out both retrospectively and prospectively; childhood becomes important as a resource and a laboratory for the self-project. This empirical study analyses how the occupational choices of young people are connected with their occupational aspirations as a child. Children's aspirations prove to be class-sensitive. Studying the importance of childhood in the self-project thus makes it possible to consider children's agency in the interconnection of class and generational categories. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure, and 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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