Reflexivity and social justice: Career guidance and counselling in a Serbian context

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This career guidance we argue that career guidance can contribute to social justice, understood as recognition of diversity and openness to it, by adopting a critical approach. Such an approach involves reflexivity and a critical engagement with dominant discourses and ideologies, in an attempt to understand the complexity of which guidance practice is made. A fruitful manner to approach this complexity is through unpacking tensions that arise within it, such as the one between helping individuals follow their dreams and accept the ‘reality’ of the world of work. This dilemma is almost generic to guidance practice, but it is always localised and embedded in particular contexts and discourses. We used the case of Serbia to illustrate how this tension, when unpacked, shows the risks that lack of reflexivity poses for efforts to engage in a more socially just career guidance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCareer Guidance for Emancipation : Reclaiming Justice for the Multitude
EditorsTristram Hooley, Ronald Sultana, Rie Thomsen
Number of pages15
PublisherRoutledge
Publication year2019
Chapter15
ISBN (print)9781138087439
ISBN (Electronic)9781315110486
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Education, Neoliberalism, and Marxism

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  • Social Justice, Reflexivity, career counselling

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