Unemployment as Otherness: An interview study with young Danes

Bidragets oversatte titel: Arbejdsløshed som Andethed: et interviewstudie med unge danskere

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Unemployed people are defined by their lack of employment – as something Other in relation to the working population. Based on interviews with 39 young unemployed people in Denmark, we analyse how neoliberal policies and discourses affect how young people experience unemployment and how they negotiate what it means being unemployed in the Danish welfare state. In our study we find that a group of the interview participants disidentify with the category of unemployment and instead negotiate an identity as freelancer in order to avoid the stigma of not living up to one of the most valorised currencies in today’s western societies: having a job. We contribute with empirical findings about how young people deal with unemployment in new and unforeseen ways. We draw on governmentality studies and add social rhythm and emotion to interpret the results and to map how young people draw upon both material and discursive resources when dealing with unemployment in an increasingly precarious labour market.

Bidragets oversatte titelArbejdsløshed som Andethed: et interviewstudie med unge danskere
StatusUdgivet - 2016
Udgivet eksterntJa
BegivenhedEncountering Otherness - Social Psychology Conference - Tampere, Finland
Varighed: 25 nov. 201626 nov. 2016


KonferenceEncountering Otherness - Social Psychology Conference

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