“Brothers are doing it for themselves: transmen and the creation of boundaryless and protean career choices”.

Woodruffe-Burton, Helen (2018) “Brothers are doing it for themselves: transmen and the creation of boundaryless and protean career choices”. In: Broadbridge, Adelina and Fielden, Sandra (eds). Handbook of Diversity and Careers. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 978 1 78536 559 1

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Abstract

The unpredictability of careers in the 21st century has prompted the need for individuals to take control (Arnold, 2016). However, in the context of wider societal-level transgender discrimination (Dietert and Dentice, 2009) and especially with regard to authenticity and identity expression (Sawyer et al,. 2016), transgender individuals face unique challenges in the workplace hence career decisions may also be particularly problematic. This chapter explores alternative career choices driven by diversity and resilience where individuals subjectively create and maintain their careers based on individual identity and personal values, through empowerment, enterprise and resilience. A number of transmen who have forged unique career space as transgender artists, performers, models and activists are profiled and discussed. The boundaryless and protean career concepts are critically examined in line with Pringle and Mallon (2003) and an alternative view proposed. LGBTQ careers literature is also explored to contextualise the career environment for transgender individuals.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transgender, transmen, careers, boundaryless careers, protean careers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Business and Management
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2017 14:57
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/9778

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