The ‘Grand Narrative’: Or the Power of Conventional Aspirations

  • Maria-Carmen Pantea


This chapter argues that young people in VET feel strongly about enduring views of work. Their normative aspirations are grouped in three large areas that make the chapter’s three subheadings: (i) the quest for craftsmanship; (ii) the belief in hard work and need for predictability; (iii) the quest for validation and progression. The chapter argues that young people in VET (as well) value and expect from work to deliver social validation, progression, a sense of certainty and self-worth.


Identity Aspirations Hard work Predictability Decent work Progress Craftsmanship Social validation 


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  • Maria-Carmen Pantea
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  1. 1.Faculty of Sociology and Social WorkBabeș-Bolyai UniversityCluj-NapocaRomania

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