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Revista Brasileira de Orientação Profissional

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RASCOVAN, Sergio. Vocational guidance: a critical review. Rev. bras. orientac. prof [online]. 2004, vol.5, n.2, pp. 1-10. ISSN 1984-7270.

This theoretical paper takes for granted the subjective and social dimensions in the vocational field. It starts outlining the tension and confrontation between the clinical and psychotechnical approaches to the vocational issues. The objective is deconstruct one of the concepts that underpinned the discourses and practices in Vocational Guidance, from a clinical perspective, which is the so called vocational/occupational identity. We revise the concept of personal identity and relate it to subjectivity. Later on, we question the category “vocation” and propose a transdisciplinary perspective that links the subjective-unique (dynamics of wishes and pleasure) to the context influences (themselves producing a social subjectivity) and the changeable aspects of the objects to choose. This means an inextricable fabric between subject, object and context. We analyze the characteristics of the new social setting and its implications on Vocational Guidance.

Palabras clave : Vocational identity; Subjectivity; Transdisciplinary; Reconstruction.

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