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. This outdated myth stands in the way of fashioning innovative policies more in keeping with life in 21st century America.
Phyllis Moen holds the McKnight Presidential Chair of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Working Parents and Women's Two Roles and editor of It's About Time: Couples and Careers. She recently served as president of the Eastern Sociological Society. Patricia Roehling is professor and chair of the psychology department at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
Chapter 1 The Career Mystique Chapter 2 Learning the Career Mystique: Where Do Values and Expectations Come From? Chapter 3 Do Young Adults Still Believe in the Career Mystique? Chapter 4 If Real Work is Paid Work, Can New Parents Follow The Career Mystique? Chapter 5 Living the Career Mystique: Making It, Giving Up, or Slipping Behind? Chapter 6 Life Midcourse: Are Retirement or Second Acts Inevitable, Desirable, or Even Possible? Chapter 7 Policies and Practices: Maintaining the Status Quo or Challenging the Career Mystique? Chapter 8 Beyond the Career Mystique: Recasting the Lockstep Life Course