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  Compromised careers: The occupational transition of immigration and resettlement
Titel: Compromised careers: The occupational transition of immigration and resettlement
Auteur: Suto, Melinda
Verschenen in: Work
Paginering: Jaargang 32 (2009) nr. 4 pagina's 417-429
Jaar: 2009-05-28
Inhoud: Background: Work is a significant occupational transition that occurs with immigration and resettlement. Problems finding work and regaining economic capital are multi-factorial, differentiated by gender and mediated by specific contexts. Surprisingly, past education and work experience are unreliable predictors of successful employment outcomes. Approach: Critical theory and ethnographic concepts informed the methodological approach. Data were generated primarily through in-depth interviews, conducted in English, with 14 well-educated women who immigrated to Canada as adults and sought employment in their professions. The thematic findings were analyzed using Bourdieu's [7] concepts of capital, field and habitus. Findings: The theme Compromised Careers describes the downward occupational (work) mobility that occurs despite expectations that education, credentials and work experience are transferable to desirable employment. A devaluation of foreign qualifications and no relevant Canadian work experience function with gendered responsibilities, less social support, and time spent in resettlement activities to create negative work trajectories. The role that federal policies and professional organizations play is examined to reveal the tension between individuals' efforts to find employment and institutional barriers that impede these actions. Conclusion: A critical inquiry approach examined the ruling relations to show how power and privilege function in relation to migrants' occupational transitions.
Uitgever: IOS Press
Bronbestand: Elektronische Wetenschappelijke Tijdschriften

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