The Career Mystique: Cracks in the American Dream
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The Career Mystique: Cracks in the American Dream

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The Career Mystique examines taken-for-granted rules of the career game - that continuous, full-time, hard work pays off -- deeply embedded in the American Dream. Possibilities of fulfilling the career mystique are dwindling, given insecurities and risks of a global economy, strains and double demands on the job and at home, uncertainties and ambiguities around retirement....more
Paperback, 291 pages
Published November 28th 2004 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published 2004)
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Wow, this one took me a while. It's not often that I read books of a more academic persuasion straight through, but I found this on the library shelf while moving books at work, and it sucked me into its vortex.

The premise is that the American Dream is an illusion, but even that doesn't sum up the full complexity of this work. In 1963, there was Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, which gave voice to women's "problem with no name"--that they were expected to be full-time wives and homemakers...more
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