© 2013

Conceptualising Women’s Working Lives

Moving the Boundaries of Discourse

  • Wendy Patton

Part of the Career Development Series book series (CADE, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Challenge and Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Wendy Patton
      Pages 3-21
    3. Mary Sue Richardson, Charles Schaeffer
      Pages 23-49
    4. Deborah A. O’Neil, Margaret M. Hopkins, Diana Bilimoria
      Pages 63-79
  3. Transitions and Life Stages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Catherine Doherty, Carly J. Lassig
      Pages 83-103
    3. Claire A. Etaugh
      Pages 105-117
    4. Mary McMahon, Mark Watson, Jenny Bimrose
      Pages 118-133
  4. Specific Fields

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Dulini Anuvinda Fernando, Laurie Cohen
      Pages 137-155
    3. Carmel M. Diezmann, Susan J. Grieshaber
      Pages 157-173
    4. Juliette Spearman, Helen M. G. Watt
      Pages 175-191
    5. Wendy Patton
      Pages 193-202
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 203-204

About this book


Theoretical work on the career development of women has travelled a journey from critique to creation. Early work responded to and criticised a literature that focused on theorising male roles in a workplace that was conceptualised as providing vertical career paths primarily for middle class males. More recently theorists are creating new constructions and frameworks to enable a more holistic understanding of career, applicable to both women and men. These constructions include broadening the discussion from women’s careers to women’s working lives. This is the fifth book in the Sense Publishers Career Development Series. It features the vibrant work of contributors from around the world writing in the field of women’s working lives. It emphasises the need to explore theoretical connections and understandings in order to facilitate a more holistic and inclusive understanding of women’s working lives. The writers in the current volume acknowledge the changing roles of women, in both public and private spheres. Women’s roles in paid work are changing both in their nature and type of engagement. In addition, with an ageing population, women’s roles in care work are increasingly being extended from child care to aged care. This book provides a history of theorising about women's careers, in addition to presenting a focus on current empirical and theoretical work which contributes to understandings of women's working lives. It’s contributions both map the current discourse and challenge future work to extend the boundaries of that discourse.


Women’s working lives - new constructions

Editors and affiliations

  • Wendy Patton
    • 1
  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Conceptualising Women’s Working Lives
  • Book Subtitle Moving the Boundaries of Discourse
  • Editors Wendy Patton
  • Series Title Career Development Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers 2013
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6209-209-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 204
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Education, general
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