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Righting rewritings of the myth of Mentor: a critical perspective on career guidance mentoring

Colley, Helen (2001) Righting rewritings of the myth of Mentor: a critical perspective on career guidance mentoring. British journal of guidance and counselling, 29 (2). pp. 177-197. ISSN 0306-9885

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Abstract

Mentoring is entering the repertoire of career guidance techniques as careers services prioritise socially excluded young people. This article explores the use of Homer's Odyssey as a source of definitions and legitimations of many current accounts of mentoring. Contrasting modern versions of Homer's myth of Mentor with the original, it draws on feminist and class perspectives to question the basis on which such myths are used to proclaim the origins of a very contemporary phenomenon. It identifies an emerging discourse of mentoring, a régime of truth which exerts control not only over the young people being mentored, but also over career guidance staff expected to act as mentors in new Personal Adviser roles.

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