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Dissonant futures : occupational trajectories, gender and class in contemporary municipal adult education in Sweden

Dahlstedt, Magnus; Sandberg, Fredrik LU ; Fejes, Andreas and Olson, Maria (2017) In Journal of Education and Work p.1-12
Abstract

The aim of this article is to problematize the ways class and gender are played out in adult students’ narratives about their occupational choice and future. Drawing on Beverly Skeggs, we analyse how students think about future occupations, what motivates them towards these and how they are able to form their future in relation to them. Taking on Sweden as a case, our results show that students’ narratives on their future occupations are classed as well as gendered. In their vision of future occupations, working-class students tend to focus on occupations helping and caring for others, while middle-class students tend to focus on work more as a means of fulfilling themselves as individuals. These differences are also gendered. Female... (More)

The aim of this article is to problematize the ways class and gender are played out in adult students’ narratives about their occupational choice and future. Drawing on Beverly Skeggs, we analyse how students think about future occupations, what motivates them towards these and how they are able to form their future in relation to them. Taking on Sweden as a case, our results show that students’ narratives on their future occupations are classed as well as gendered. In their vision of future occupations, working-class students tend to focus on occupations helping and caring for others, while middle-class students tend to focus on work more as a means of fulfilling themselves as individuals. These differences are also gendered. Female students are more likely than their male counterparts to picture their future occupations in relation to having children and a family. This tells us that in the female students’ narratives, there tends to be a strong focus on caring – for their families as well as in future occupations.

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Adult education, adult students, caring, class, gender, respectability
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Journal of Education and Work
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12 pages
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Taylor & Francis
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10.1080/13639080.2017.1400661
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  author       = {Dahlstedt, Magnus and Sandberg, Fredrik and Fejes, Andreas and Olson, Maria},
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  language     = {eng},
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  series       = {Journal of Education and Work},
  title        = {Dissonant futures : occupational trajectories, gender and class in contemporary municipal adult education in Sweden},
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  year         = {2017},
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