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Career Mystique : Cracks in the American Dream

Career Mystique : Cracks in the American Dream - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0742528628

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ISBN13: 978-0742528628
ISBN10: 0742528626
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub, Inc.
Published: 2005
International: No

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Career Mystique : Cracks in the American Dream - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0742528628

Phyllis Moen and Patricia Roehling

ISBN13: 978-0742528628
ISBN10: 0742528626
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub, Inc.

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

The Career Mystique shows that most Americans-men and women-continue to embrace the myth that hard work, long hours, and continuous employment pay off, even though it is out of date and out of place in twenty-first-century America. Phyllis Moen and Patricia Roehling argue that the lock step arrangements around education, work, family, and retirement no longer fit the realities and risks of contemporary living, yet the roles, rules, and regulations spawned by the career mystique remain in place. This books shows that ambiguities and uncertainties about the future abound in boardrooms, in offices, and on factory floors, as Americans face the realities of corporate restructuring, chronic job insecurity, and double demands at work and at home. Moen and Roehling show the career mystique for what it is: a false myth standing in the way of creating new, alternative workplaces and career flexibilities.

Based on research funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Institute on Aging.

  • Names and defines the obsolete myth undergirding of the American Dream
  • Shows how even young children learn the career mystique, and how it shapes the goals and strategies of Americans at every life stage.
  • Descibes how American men and women manage, given the mismatch between the "rules of the game" based on the career mystique and the uncertainties, ambiguities, and overloads of work -- and life -- in the 21st century..
  • Suggests new workplace flexibilities more in keeping with today's, not yesterday's, workforce

Table of Contents

The Career Mystique

Learning the Career Mystique: Where Do Values and Expectations Come From?

Do Young Adults Still Believe in the Career Mystique?

If Real Work is Paid Work, Can New Parents Follow The Career Mystique?

Living the Career Mystique: Making It, Giving Up, or Slipping Behind?

Life Midcourse: Are Retirement or Second Acts Inevitable, Desirable, or Even Possible?

Policies and Practices: Maintaining the Status Quo or Challenging the Career Mystique?

Beyond the Career Mystique: Recasting the Lockstep Life Course

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