Er du stadig arbejdsloes? Ledige akademikeres oplevelser med ledigheden

Cirkeline Martinussen, Anne Sophie Skov, Ditte Welcher Krogh, Maya Lauridsen Færch, Signe Ørkeby Gregersen & Silas Barming Hansen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Abstract In the project; ”Are you still unemployed?” we study unemployed academics and how they experience their unemployment. The point of departure of the project is based on the assumption that the society has a negative attitude towards unemployment because of the society’s focus on the importance of labour. The project is based on 8 narrative interviews with 8 unemployed academics whose backgrounds are different concerning jobs, education, age etc. To help us analyse the unemployed academics’ experience of their unemployment we use theories by Oskar Negt, Axel Honneth and Marie Jahoda. Negt’s theory deals with a division of the society in two different realities. Honneth’s theory is about the importance of recognition and Jahoda’s theory concerns five consequences of unemployment. Through a mixture of our collected empirical knowledge and the three theories we base our analysis on four themes, which we found relevant through our qualitative study. The themes are as follows: Affiliation, which concerns the identity loss of the unemployed academic in their position as unemployed; Everyday life, which concerns their change in rhythm from being in labour to being unemployed; Refusal is about their rejection from the labour market; and The System, deals with the Danish System of Employment and how the unemployed academics feel violated hereby. In our analysis of the unemployed academics’ experience of their unemployment and in the criticism of the norm of the Danish society, we found that unemployment is an overall negative experience. This is indicated by the unemployed academics’ lack of structure, self-regulation, identity and status. The unemployed academics emphasize that the before-mentioned negative sides of unemployment is the result of an overall negative attitude towards unemployment.

UddannelserArbejdslivsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato21 jan. 2010
VejledereKondrup Sissel


  • arbejdsløshed
  • De to virkeligheder
  • Anerkendelse
  • Axel Honneth
  • arbejdsliv
  • akademikere
  • ledighed
  • Oskar Negt