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Career construction and reduction of psychosocial vulnerability: Intercultural career guidance based on Southern epistemologies

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Latin American theories of career guidance draw heavily on Northern epistemologies, though they articulate with such approaches by taking the context of the global South into consideration. Based on experiences and research conducted in Brazilian public high schools, this article highlights theoretical and practical underpinnings for an approach to intercultural career guidance that addresses psychosocial vulnerability and social unfairness. Inspired by Boaventura de Sousa Santos's intercultural ideas and by a social constructionist perspective informed by Southern epistemologies, the framework presented in this article expresses a Latin American critical perspective and aims to make a contribution to the social justice agenda, as an alternative to traditional goals of 'adjusting' and 'adapting' to careers, or 'educating' for them.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2016

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  • The Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, widely and informally referred to as 'the NICEC journal', is designed to be read by individuals who are involved in career development-related work in a wide range of settings including information, advice, counselling, guidance, advocacy, coaching, mentoring, psychotherapy, education, teaching, training, scholarship, research, consultancy, human resources, management or policy. The journal has a national and international readership and is published twice a year (in April and October) in partnership with the Career Development Institute (CDI), the UK-wide professional body for the career development sector.
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