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ERIC Number: EJ946353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0251-2513
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Career Guidance Practitioner Resistance and the Construction of Professional Identity
Douglas, Fiona
International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, v11 n3 p163-173 Oct 2011
Increased state intervention regarding the objectives and outcomes of career guidance leaves some practitioners deeply unhappy at the increased control this exerts over their work. In this article, I argue that practitioners are subject to the power and influence of the state's economic and welfare agendas that are contrary to their preferred position of person-centred helping. Foucault argued that power cannot exist without resistance, yet those who identify with having a profession have few spaces for dissent. They express resistance through adherence to personal values. Strengthening the role of the professional body may provide them with a voice that needs to be heard.
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Language: English
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