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.

chapter 1|27 pages

The Neoliberal Challenge to Career Guidance

Mobilising Research, Policy and Practice Around Social Justice

part I|96 pages

Understanding the Neoliberal Context

chapter 2|15 pages

A Twenty-First Century Challenge

How to Lead an Active Life Whilst Contributing to Sustainable and Equitable Development

chapter 3|16 pages

The Pervasive Influence of Neoliberalism on Policy Guidance Discourses in Career/Education

Delimiting the Boundaries of Social Justice in New Zealand

chapter 4|14 pages

Precarity, Austerity and the Social Contract in a Liquid World

Career Guidance Mediating the Citizen and the State

part II|84 pages

Building Theories for Change

chapter 8|15 pages

Social Justice in Career Guidance

A Fraserian Approach

chapter 9|16 pages

Conflicting Perspectives on Career

Implications for Career Guidance and Social Justice

chapter 10|18 pages

Exploring Politics at the Intersection of Critical Psychology and Career Guidance

A Freudo-Marxist Case for Radical Refusal

chapter 11|15 pages

Looking for Social Justice Through Agency

Applying Giddens’s Structuration Theory to Career Guidance Research and Analysis

chapter 12|16 pages

The Gap Between Theory and Context as a Generator of Social Injustice

Seeking to Confront Social Inequality in Brazil Through Career Guidance

part III|59 pages

Research for Practice

chapter 13|15 pages

Widening Opportunities for Career Guidance

Research Circles and Social Justice

chapter 14|13 pages

Connecting Big and Intimate Worlds

Using an Auto/Biographical Research Imagination in Career Guidance

chapter 15|13 pages

Shaping Possible Futures in Portugal

Career Guidance in Schools Between Authenticity and Social Justice

chapter 16|13 pages

Rethinking Social Justice, Equality and Emancipation

An Invitation to Attentive Career Guidance