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Origins of the Modern Career

Career Paths and Job Stability in Europe and North America 1850-1950

David Mitch, John Brown og Marco H.D. van Leeuwen

Ashgate 2004. 356 s. ISBN 0-7546-3496-5
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This book originates from an international research program that is reassessing when and why modern careers emerged. With fifteen essays this volume brings together some of the most important results of this new field of research. Based upon the innovative use of micro-level historical sources, the contributions by economic and social historians reveal the emergence of identifiable career paths in a wide range of occupational settings in Europe and the Americas over the period 1800 to the end of World War II. They highlight the economic and social forces that shaped the creation of both formal and informal career paths and led to their diffusion throughout the workforces of most developed economies by the early 1950s.

An Introduction to the Study of Careers and their History: The history of the modern career: an introduction, John Brown, Marco H.D. van Leeuwen and David Mitch; An economic perspective on career formation, Laura J. Owen; The use of event-history-analysis in career research, Ineke Maas. Part I: The Creation of Formal and Informal Structures: Constructing the modern career, 1840–1940, Andrew Miles and Mike Savage; Job stability and career opportunities in the work-life history of policemen in Victorian and Edwardian England, Haia Shpayer-Makov; Trade unions and employment stability at the Canadian Pacific Railway, 1903–1929, Mary MacKinnon; Career making at Pullman: employment stability and job mobility for railroad repair shop workers, 1915–1970, Susan Eleanor Hirsch and Janice L. Reiff; Skilled work and labour careers in the Argentine printing industry,1880–1930, María Silvia Badoza. Part II: The Influence of Gender: Small business, self employment and women’s work-life choices in nineteenth century London, Alison C. Kay; The careers of female graduates of Cambridge University, 1920s–1970s, Pat Thane. Part III: The Influence of Industrialization and Economic Modernization: Occupational careers of the total male labour force during industrialization: the example of nineteenth-century Sweden, Ineke Maas and Marco H.D. van Leeuwen; Working class careers: on-the-job experience and career formation in Munich, 1895–1910, John C. Brown and Gerhard Neumeier; Agricultural labour as a career: Norfolk farm workers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, David Mitch; Factory work and arrangiarsi alla canesca. Professional careers of the Saffat’s steelworkers from 1900 to the 1929 crisis, Paolo Raspadori; Career patterns in the British chemical profession during the twentieth century, Robin Mackie and Gerrylynn K. Roberts; Index.
’This book provides an overview of an important new body of interdisciplinary research on the history of careers in modern industrial societies…The book should be of interest to students and scholars in economics, history, management, sociology, and other fields.’
Sanford M. Jacoby, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
About the Author/Editor
David Mitch is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA, John Brown is Associate Professor at Clark University, USA, and Marco H.D. van Leeuwen is a Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Social History in The Netherlands.