The Construction of the Identity in 21st Century: A Festschrift for Jean Guichard


Annamaria Di Fabio (Editor)
Department of Psychology, University of Florence, Italy

Jean-Luc Bernaud (Editor)
The National Institute of Vocational Training & Guidance of the National Conservatory of Arts & Crafts (INETOP-CNAM), Paris, France

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY010000

This Festschrift in honor of Professor Jean Guichard celebrates the important theoretical and applied contributions of his writings on guidance and counseling. This book is a tribute and global recognition of the strength of the international scientific contributions of Jean Guichard. Among his many achievements, the UNESCO Chair of Lifelong Guidance and Counseling was founded at the University of Wrocław, Poland, headed by Jean Guichard in November 2013. In the complex scenario of the 21st century, the concepts introduced by Guichard of Subjective Identity Form (SIF; Guichard, 2010), System of Subjective Identity Forms (SSIF; Guichard, 2010) and the model “To make oneself Self” (Guichard, 2004) have special relevance.

His reflection helps individuals to choose, construct, and reconstruct their careers and their lives by giving meaning in accordance with the theoretical frameworks of Self-Construction (Guichard, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010) and the Life Construction (Guichard, 2013). Regarding the structure of the volume, the book consists of three parts. The first part is related to the theoretical contributions of Jean Guichard and introduces the richness of his thought, highlighting the antecedents, assonance, conceptual collaborations, and outcomes of his theories. The second part is devoted to the many extensions of his work, including elaborations on his theory and the successful maturation of new research perspectives following his invaluable reflections. The third part concerns application and provides examples of the use of Self-Construction and Life Construction Theories in practice.

In summary the book aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the key concepts introduced by Jean Guichard, placing them in a context of research and intervention as embraced and developed by scholars around the world. This volume provides a valuable resource for researchers and professionals working in the field of guidance and counseling and others interested in understanding how to positively respond to the challenges of XXI century, building strengths in themselves, their clients, and their students. So the text is recommended for scholars, academics, researchers, psychologists, social workers, teachers, postgraduate students, and students committed to constructing their professional skills.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword Jean Guichard: A Philosophical Scientist
Mark L. Savickas

Preface Annamaria Di Fabio and Jean-Luc Bernaud



FIRST PART: Theoretical Aspects

Chapter 1 – A Conversation with Jean Guichard: Reflexivity in Action (pp. 3-20)
Mary Sue Richardson (New York University, NY, US)

Chapter 2 – Contribution of the Self-Construction Model to Our Understanding of Life Courses and Development of Career Guidance and Counseling (pp. 21-34)
Marcelline Bangali, Jonas Masdonati, Geneviève Fournier and Liette Goyer (Researchers at the Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur l’éducation et la vie au travail (CRIEVAT), Pavillon des sciences de l’éducation, Québec, Québec City G1V 0A6, Canada)

Chapter 3 – Biographization and Self-Narrative in Late Modernity (pp. 35-44)
Christine Delory-Momberger (Université Paris 13 Sorbonne Paris Cité, France)

Chapter 4 – From Career Adaptability to Subjective Identity Forms (pp. 45-58)
Jérôme Rossier, Christian Maggiori and Grégoire Zimmermann (University of Lausanne, and Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES, University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Chapter 5 – Some Reflections on Guidance and Career Counseling in the 21st Century (pp. 59-72)
Maria Eduarda Duarte (Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon, Portugal)

SECOND PART: Extensions

Chapter 6 – Self-Construction in an Unstable World: Guichard‘s Theory in the Era of the Great Recession (pp. 75-86)
David L. Blustein, Julia DeVoy, Alice Connors-Kellgren and Chad Olle (Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Boston College, MA, US)

Chapter 7 – Developing Self and Resilience for an Uncertain Future: Positive Youth Development (pp. 87-102)
Maureen E. Kenny and Kelly A. Minor (Boston College, MA, US)

Chapter 8 – Narrating Identity in Career and Self-Construction (pp. 103-116)
Paul J. Hartung and Brian J. Taber (Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH, US and others)

Chapter 9 – Identity and Self-Construction As Action Processes (pp. 117-134)
Richard A. Young and Ladislav Valach

Chapter 10 – Similar Views in Separate Ways: George Kelly and Pierre Bourdieu on Occupational Conceptualisations (pp. 135-156)
Guðbjörg Vilhjálmsdóttir (University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland)

Chapter 11 – The New Purposeful Identitarian Awareness for the Twenty-First Century: Valorize Themselves in Life Construction from Youth to Adult to Late Adulthood (pp. 157-168)
Annamaria Di Fabio (Department of Education and Psychology, University of Florence, Italy)

THIRD PART: Applications

Chapter 12 – School-to-Work Transition and the Model “To Make Oneself Self” (pp. 171-186)
Valérie Cohen-Scali (Cnam, Paris, France)

Chapter 13 – “Wisdom” in the Practice of Career Counseling: A Revisited Concept within the Framework of Self-Construction (pp. 187-198)
Jean-Luc Bernaud (CNAM Paris, Laboratoire CRTD (Centre de Recherche sur le Travail et le Développement, France)

Chapter 14 – Using Life Construction Counseling to Harness Reflexivity with a Mid-Career Woman: A Case Study (pp. 199-218)
J. G. (Kobus) Maree

Chapter 15 – “Constructing My Future Purposeful Life”: A New Life Construction Dialogue Intervention (pp. 219-240)
Annamaria Di Fabio (Department of Education and Psychology, University of Florence, Italy)

Conclusion Annamaria Di Fabio and Jean-Luc Bernaud

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