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Ethical techniques of the self and the ‘good jobseeker’

Ruth Rogers

in The ethics of welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9781861345622
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303763 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345622.003.0009
Ethical techniques of the self and the ‘good jobseeker’

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This chapter examines how governmental discourse both addresses and manages two different types of unemployed person or jobseeker through the textual analysis of two British government documents. It is argued that although governmental discourse about unemployment requires jobseekers to abide by the strict market ethic of employability, flexibility and continuous learning, they are afforded only limited rights. This chapter outlines the current political context surrounding unemployment policy in Britain and the theoretical background to the analysis, and then offers a commentary upon two documents.

Keywords: governmental discourse; jobseeker; unemployment; employability; flexibility; unemployment policy

Chapter.  8033 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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