This thesis examines the life of the unemployed in Denmark. The unemployed experience a series of psychological difficulties, including a lack of structure in their everyday life, a sense of guilt from not contributing to society, a sense of inadequacy, and a feeling of stigma from the surrounding community. This stigma is being linked to the transformation of the Danish welfare state to a competition state, in which the unemployed is seen as a burden to society instead of an individual who is exposed by a market failure. We examine these difficulties through an empirical narrative study, in which we also examine the courses of action adopted by our interviewees to overcome the above mentioned difficulties. These actions include a varied range of narrative coping strategies that are used simultaneously. The thesis conclude that the interviewees circumvents the stigma and psychological difficulties by telling alternative narratives, which emphasize their good qualities and thereby contradict the negative discourse of the unemployed, by seeing their situation in a positive light, by criticising the social structure, and by distancing themselves from the other unemployed. These strategies all work well for the interviewees, even though the difficulties the unemployed experience seem to increase with the duration of the unemployment.
|Uddannelser||Psykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||19 maj 2016|
- Narrativ psykologi