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The Sociology of Unemployment

Tom Boland and Ray Griffin


Unemployment is not just the absence of work, but a specific experience, formed historically by various forms of governmentality. Indeed, only those who meet the official criteria are registered as unemployed, and thereafter have their lives shaped and managed by governmental institutions. Generally, social science understands unemployment as the absence of work, particularly through the ‘deprivation theory’. However, this volume demonstrates how these cultural values actually reflexively shape the experience of unemployment and even inform governmental practices. Drawing from multiple studies ... More

Keywords: unemployment, experience, governmentality, welfare state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719097904
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719097904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Boland, editor
Waterford Institute of Technology

Ray Griffin, editor
Waterford Institute of Technology

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Introduction and general remarks

Tom Boland and Ray Griffin

I Experiencing unemployment

1 Talk

Tom Boland

2 Dialogue

Jennifer Yeager and Jonathan Culleton

3 City

Josh Lalor

4 Places

John O’Brien

5 Rural

Gordon B. Cooke, Deidre Hutchings, Jimmy Donaghey and Isik U. Zeytinoglu

II Becoming unemployed

6 Forms

Ray Griffin

7 Spaces

Tom Boland and Ray Griffin

8 Job-seeking

Tom Boland

9 Activisation

Tom Boland

III Knowing unemployment

10 Media

Tom Boland, Rose Shearer and Aisling Tuite

11 Statistics

John O’Brien and Ray Griffin


Tom Boland and Ray Griffin

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