The emergence of a relational cultural paradigm for vocational psychology

Schultheiss, Donna
September 2007
International Journal for Educational & Vocational Guidance;Sep2007, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p191
Academic Journal
An inclusive paradigm that emphasizes the nature and inevitable cultural shaping of meaning-making through relationships is represented as the relational cultural paradigm for vocational psychology presented in this article. This paradigm represents a phenomenological worldview or meta-theory for understanding meaning and mattering in worklife. The concept of worklife represents the nexus of work (unbound by dichotomous distinctions such as labour market and personal work), relationships, and culture (including the cultural construction of gender). Narratives are identified as a tool for understanding the meanings people construct.


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