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Redundancy as a critical life event: Moving on from the Welsh steel industry through career change
University of Leeds, UK.
University of Leeds, UK.
University of Leeds, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9902-8182
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2009 (English)In: Work, Employment and Society, ISSN 0950-0170, E-ISSN 1469-8722, Vol. 23, no 4, p. 727-745Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article investigates the process of moving on from redundancy in the Welsh steel industry among individuals seeking new careers. It identifies a spectrum of career change experience, ranging from those who had actively planned their career change, prior to the redundancies, to those ’at a career crossroads’, for whom there were tensions between future projects, present contingencies and past identities. It suggests that the process of moving on from redundancy can be better understood if we are able to identify, not just structural and cultural enablers and constraints but also the temporal dimensions of agency that facilitate or limit transformative action in the context of critical life events. Where individuals are located on the spectrum of career change experience will depend on the balance of enabling and constraining factors across the four aspects considered, namely temporal dimensions of agency, individuals’ biographical experience, structural and cultural contexts.

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Sage Publications, 2009. Vol. 23, no 4, p. 727-745
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66583DOI: 10.1177/0950017009344917Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-72749087767OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-66583DiVA, id: diva2:1223405
Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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