Narrating Unemployment

Narrating Unemployment

by Douglas Ezzy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754615286

ISBN-13: 9780754615286

Pub. Date: 10/01/2001

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

Drawing on the emerging field of narrative theory in sociology and psychology, this book argues that an individual's response to job loss is a product of the shape of the story a person tells about their experience. This, in turn, is a product of both individual creativity and the structuring effects of their social location. Based on a qualitative study of the…  See more details below

Overview

Drawing on the emerging field of narrative theory in sociology and psychology, this book argues that an individual's response to job loss is a product of the shape of the story a person tells about their experience. This, in turn, is a product of both individual creativity and the structuring effects of their social location. Based on a qualitative study of the experience of unemployment in Australia, three main types of job loss narratives are identified. First, romantic narratives describe job loss as a positive experience of liberation from an oppressive job, leading to a gradually improving future. Second, tragic narratives describe job loss as undermining a person's life plan, leading to a phase of depression, anxiety and self-deprecation. Finally, job loss narratives may be complicated by marital breakdown or serious illness. The book breaks new ground in its use of narrative theory to account for the variations in responses to unemployment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754615286
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgements
1Introduction1
2Unemployment and Mental Health: A Critical Review6
3A Narrative Theory of Unemployment28
4Job Loss as a Romance46
5Job Loss as a Tragedy68
6Tragic Unemployment93
7Complex Job Loss112
8Unemployment and the Meaning of Working123
9Conclusion144
AppThinking about Methodology150
Bibliography156
Index166

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