Similar views in separate ways: George Kelly and Pierre Bourdieu on occupational conceptualisations

Guethbjörg Vilhjálmsdóttir*

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Two different approaches that have dealt with the question of occupational conceptualisations and given rise to the same methods of data collection are discussed: one the sociological theory of Frenchman Pierre Bourdieu and the other American George Kelly's theory of psychology. Each approach is seemingly unaware of the other, probably because of linguistic and disciplinary barriers. It is argued that the approaches may fruitfully be combined to clarify social differences in occupational cognition. A short empirical demonstration is carried out, in which persistently observed sex differences in occupational construct systems are considered in terms of gender, habitat, social class and habitus.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Construction of the Identity in 21st Century
Subtitle of host publicationA Festschrift for Jean Guichard
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781634632362
ISBN (Print)9781634632188
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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