Career profiles in print journalism elements in a technology of citizenship

Creedy, F 2009, 'Career profiles in print journalism elements in a technology of citizenship', Communication, Politics & Culture, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 118-144.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Career profiles in print journalism elements in a technology of citizenship
Author(s) Creedy, F
Year 2009
Journal name Communication, Politics & Culture
Volume number 42
Issue number 1
Start page 118
End page 144
Total pages 27
Publisher RMIT University, School of Media and Communication
Abstract Career profiles, usually published in the employment sections of newspapers, have not previously been studied from a communications perspective. This article aims to explore the possibilities for such a study, asking: what do career profiles tell us about the ideas of 'career' that circulate in contemporary Australian culture? The article explores a range of theoretical perspectives on careers, on narrative and on the media, reviewing relevant current literature in sociology and career studies as well as communications. The career profile genre itself is researched through a data gathering exercise, sampling material from Australian newspapers to provide a snapshot of the number of profiles that are regularly published and to describe some of their distinctive characteristics and themes. A textual analysis draws on Foucauldian frameworks to argue that, as components of newspapers, career profiles are elements in a 'technology of citizenship' that circulates a range of 'everyday' rationalities or sense-making competencies, including those that relate to 'career'.
Keyword(s) Career development
Continuing education
Career development
Discourse analysis
Mass media
Social aspects
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