Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 4 2004, page 25-41.
Vocation and vocational identity
A fabulous and fragile frame for becoming ‘good’
This article is about the significance of vocations and vocational identity in the formation of a modern, highly skilled labour force. The ideas presented in the article are based on the theoretical and empirical findings presented in my Ph.D. thesis that had the vocational identity of Danish bankers as its empirical focus. The article provides a rough presentation of the nature and problems of banking as a societal function. This leads to a discussion of vocations as the basis of the presentation of a notion of vocational identity that understands this as a learning process taking place in the tension between ‘the collective in the individual’ and ‘the individual in the collective’. This leads to the conclusion that vocation and vocational identity are indispensable in the creation of a highly skilled labour force and those they at the same time tend to reproduce conservative practices.