The psychology, ethics and social relations of unemployment

Marston, G and McDonald, C 2003, 'The psychology, ethics and social relations of unemployment', Australian Journal of Labour Economics, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 293-315.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title The psychology, ethics and social relations of unemployment
Author(s) Marston, G
McDonald, C
Year 2003
Journal name Australian Journal of Labour Economics
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 293
End page 315
Total pages 23
Publisher Centre for Labour Market Research
Abstract This paper seeks to represent and interpret the everyday operations of Job Network organisations operationalising public policy, the processes of which remain relatively hidden from public view. Focusing on the primary relationship in the policy regime informing employment services: the case manager - client relationship, we demonstrate how at this micro-level the experience of unemployment is defined, enacted, accepted and resisted. To do so, we report in interviews undertaken with case managers and Intensive Assistance clients in a small sample of Job network agencies in Melbourne and Brisbane. In the broad sense, the research we report here provides an analytical example of how, in the everyday practices of people, certain ideas about social problems and particular policy responses become fixed in the popular imagination.
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