Competence and Career. A Double Career Structure and Reduced Recognition in Aging Institutions


  • Sylvia Kade



aging institution, relationships of respect, development of competencies and careers


The occupation is a relationship of appropriation, which is only realized in relationships of recognition between organization and work. The organization includes its members by a mutual exchange of benefits, which is referred to as a relationship of recognition. The basic rule of the mutuality of relationships of recognition is called into question in knowledge-based organizations of "aging institutions." The limited reciprocity of the "closed opportunity structure" is the result of an institutional reduplication of a career policy under the pressure of innovations. A response to this is a change of individual career strategies. The article focuses on the consequences for the development of careers and competencies. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0801592


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Author Biography

Sylvia Kade

Sylvia KADE (1943), Diplomsoziologin, von 1982 bis 2002 Mitarbeiterin am Deutschen Institut für Erwachsenenbildung, Frankfurt/Main (früher: Pädagogische Arbeitsstelle des DVV). Projektleiterin in Projekten zur Altersbildung. Publikationen zu Alter, Biografie und qualitativer Forschung. Lehrtätigkeit an der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Fachbereich Erwachsenenbildung bis 1999 und Redaktionsmitglied der Hessischen Blätter für Volksbildung bis 2002.



How to Cite

Kade, S. (2008). Competence and Career. A Double Career Structure and Reduced Recognition in Aging Institutions. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(1).