Højtuddannede arbejdsløses oplevelse af arbejdsløsheden og muligheden for at skabe et meningsfuldt liv i denne periode

Anja Petersen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


I started this integrated thesis in worklifestudies and communication with a hope that the period that Danish workers experience being unemployed could contain a possibility that this could be a time to enrich their life in another way than through the traditional wage labour. That is to say, that the period could be used for something, which could be experienced as positive for the people who are out of work for a time. I saw this as a potential for the individual and possibly for society, if the person being unemployed would use this time being active in their families, with their elderly, cultivating their hobbies or working on their qualifications or in the local community. Since the financial crisis in 2008 an increasing number of highly educated Danes have become unemployed. The highly educated generally have a higher set of expectations to what they expect from their next job. That is why I think, that being unemployed could be experienced as rather difficult from an identity point of view, when preparing for work has been something one has spent a number of years preparing for. Therefore my interest revolves around how discourses on unemployment affects the highly educated workers experience of being unemployed and at the same time affecting the way they see the space of possibilities for creating a meaningful life for themselves in this period of their life. To qualify my understanding of the public discourses, I have carried out a preliminary analysis of a DR2-programme called Deadline 17. In this program, Robert Nielsen, also known as ‘lazy Robert’ discuss his way of being unemployed with two politicians representing different wings of the political spectrum. I have used this study to better my understanding of the discourses of ‘how not to act while being unemployed’. An understanding I also think affects the way the highly educated wish to subject themselves as different from. I have compared the results of this preliminary analysis to my findings in my empirical study. My empirical study is based upon a phenomenological investigation of how it feels to live in the discourses as a highly educated unemployed person. For this purpose I have carried out six individual life world interview and one focusgroup, all with the highly educated unemployed as participants. For this analysis I have used Sara Ahmeds concepts on emotions to look upon how my interviewpersons wish to see themselves and also how they wish to see themselves related to ‘others’. In addition I have used Bronwyn Davies concept of body/landscape relations to see how understandings of the landscapes one enters, affects the experience of what it means for the highly educated unemployed to be unemployed. Bronwyn Davies theory highlights how wanting to feel appropriate affects the way one wishes to subject oneself regarding to the subjectpositions available in the given landscape. For an understanding of how the highly educated unemployed could wish to subject themselves, I use theory of Nikolas Rose to highlight how norms of ‘how to be civilized’, among other things, affects ‘our’ wish to conduct our conduct in a manner that we take to be appropriate. I finish this thesis with an understanding that how the highly educated unemployed feel their unemployment and ‘its possibilities’ is tightly connected to the way they wish to see their tribute to the Danish society and to how and whom they wish to be considered as part of.

UddannelserKommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 jan. 2014
VejledereJanne Gleerup & Chistina Hee Pedersen