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Unemployment, a Social Construction. Institutional Programs, Experiences and Meanings in a Comparative Perspective

Abstract : A tradition of sociological research that goes back to the 1930s (Lazarsfeld et al., 1932) has constantly pointed out the diversity of reactions in the face of job deprivation and the consequent differences in the life stories of the persons concerned. In this sense, the category of unemployment – which differs from professional activity in that it implies being deprived of that activity, and from professional inactivity in that it implies actively seeking employment – can sustain a variety of interpretations: the people categorized as unemployed attribute various significations to their own situation and adhere to different sorts of identifications (...).
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Nadya Guimarães Araujo, Didier Demazière, Helena Hirata, Kurumi Sugita. Unemployment, a Social Construction. Institutional Programs, Experiences and Meanings in a Comparative Perspective. Economic Sociology (European Electronic Newsletter), Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, 2010, 11 (3), pp.10 - 24. ⟨hal-01509634⟩

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