ERIC Number: EJ928680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
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A Relational Theory of Working
Blustein, David L.
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v79 n1 p1-17 Aug 2011
Building on diverse influences from critical perspectives in vocational psychology and the relational movement in contemporary psychological discourse, this article introduces the relational theory of working. Attending to the full array of people who work and who want to work, the relational theory conceptualizes working as an inherently relational act. A relational theory provides a framework for understanding ways in which working is embedded in external and internal relational contexts. To establish the conceptual infrastructure for the relational theory, several propositions are advanced, which summarize observations and inferences about the intersection of working and relationships and highlight the inherent relational context of working. The article concludes with implications for practice, policy, and research.
Descriptors: Work Environment, Interpersonal Relationship, Holistic Approach, Social Theories, Industrial Psychology, Inferences
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A