chapter  5
15 Pages

Social Justice and Geographical Location in Career Guidance

ByRosie Alexander

Within contemporary Western society, the dominance of neoliberal discourses privileges the role of market forces, and conceptualises the individual as a rational agent making free choices about their career pathways. From this perspective, globalisation can be understood as a natural outcome of free-market economics, with citizens operating within this global framework, freed from the constraints of space. However, the spatial turn in the social sciences has questioned such a boundaryless view of space. Drawing on Soja’s (2010) notions of spatial justice and the socio-spatial dialectic, this chapter demonstrates how social space and geographical space exist in complex relation. As a result, neoliberal approaches to spatial and social justice which promote individual mobility as a solution to spatial inequality are challenged. Instead, it is suggested that a more critical approach is adopted, and the possibility for a critical-recognitive approach to spatial justice in careers practice is explored.