COHEN, L., 2006. Remembrance of things past : cultural process and practice in the analysis of career stories. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 69 (2), 189-201
Stories can be a valuable tool for the career researcher. Questions arise, though, about how best to
approach stories analytically such that their insights can be fully realised. In this paper I apply cultural
theorist Raymond Williams’ analysis of cultural processes as dominant, residual and emergent
(1977) to the narratives generated in a recent study into the careers of research scientists. I examine
how these overlapping meaning systems are elucidated in individuals’ career narratives and consider
implications for developing understanding.