Monday, 5 November 2012

A career journey: an auto-ethnographic insight

an article by Irene Ryan, (AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand) published in Gender in Management: An International Journal Volume 27 Issue 8 (2012)


The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how the use of an auto-ethnographic life history can provide rich, original data to critically analyse the interplay between the socially constructed self, a career journey over time and societal change.
A reflexive auto-ethnography is used as a conduit to explore a career journey. The author draws on the fluidity of ageing to make visible gendered organisational processes. The setting is New Zealand.
To understand the interplay of a career journey through a life history approach and intersectional analysis reinforces the life-long significance of gender with ageing.
The author suggests that by reflecting on the complex interplay of one’s own life through an intersectional approach can add a further dimension to scholarly thinking on the “doing” of intersectionality when considering the career journey of others.

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