1st Edition

Career Guidance for Social Justice Contesting Neoliberalism

Edited By Tristram Hooley, Ronald Sultana, Rie Thomsen Copyright 2018
    286 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection examines the intersections between career guidance, social justice and neo-liberalism. Contributors offer an original and global discussion of the role of career guidance in the struggle for social justice and evaluate the field from a diverse range of theoretical positions. Through a series of chapters that positions career guidance within a neoliberal context and presents theories to inform an emancipatory direction for the field, this book raises questions, offers resources and provides some glimpses of an alternative future for work. Drawing on education, sociology, and political science, this book addresses the theoretical basis of career guidance’s involvement in social justice as well as the methodological consequences in relation to career guidance research.


    1. Tristram Hooley, Ronald Sultana & Rie Thomsen, The neoliberal challenge to career guidance - mobilising research, policy and practice around social justice
    2. Part I: Understanding the neoliberal context

    3. Jacques Pouyaud & Jean Guichard, A twenty-first century challenge: How to lead an active life whilst contributing to sustainable and equitable development
    4. Barrie A. Irving, The pervasive influence of neoliberalism on policy guidance discourses in career/education: Delimiting the boundaries of social justice in New Zealand.
    5. Ronald Sultana, Precarity, austerity and the social contract in a liquid world: Career guidance mediating the citizen and the state
    6. Rosie Alexander, Social justice and geographical location in career guidance
    7. Tristram Hooley, War against the robots? Career guidance, automation and neoliberalism
    8. Rachel Buchanan, Social media and social justice in the context of career guidance: Is education enough?
    9. Part II: Building theories for change

    10. Suzanne Rice, Social justice in career guidance: A Fraserian approach
    11. Ingela Bergmo-Prvulovic, Conflicting perspectives on career: Implications for career guidance and social justice
    12. Chad D. Olle, Exploring Politics at the Intersection of Critical Psychology and Career Guidance: A Freudo-Marxist Case for Radical Refusal
    13. Anna Bilon, Looking for social justice through agency – applying Giddens’ structuration theory to career guidance research and analysis
    14. Marcelo Afonso Ribeiro & Guilherme de Oliveira Silva Fonçatti, The gap between theory and context as a generator of social injustice: Seeking to confront social inequality in Brazil through career guidance
    15. Part III: Research for practice

    16. Bo Klindt Poulsen, Randi Boelskifte Skovhus and Rie Thomsen, Widening opportunities for career guidance - Research circles and social justice
    17. Hazel Reid & Linden West, Connecting big and intimate worlds: Using an auto/biographical research imagination in career guidance
    18. Maria Manuel Vierira, Bruno Dionisio & Lia Pappamikail, Shaping possible futures in Portugal: Career guidance in schools between authenticity and social justice
    19. Anki Bengtsson, Re-thinking social justice, equality and emancipation: an invitation to attentive career guidance


    Tristram Hooley is Professor of Careers Education and Head of the International Centre for Careers Guidance Studies at University of Derby, UK.

    Ronald G. Sultana is Professor of Sociology of Education and Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research at University of Malta, Malta.

    Rie Thomsen is Associate Professor of Career Guidance and Coordinator of the Guidance Research Unit, Aarhus University, Denmark.