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Discourses on Employability: Constituting the Responsible Citizen
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Studies in Adult, Popular and Higher Education. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenutbildning och Folkbildning)
2010 (English)In: Studies in Continuing Education, ISSN 0158-037X, E-ISSN 1470-126X, Vol. 32, no 2, 89-102 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the last couple of decades, there has been a shift from speaking about employment to speaking about employability. The interest in this article is directed at how discourses on employability are mobilized in the wider discursive terrain of governance. How does governance operate, what subject is produced and, more specifically, who is positioned as responsible for the employability of the citizen through such discourses? These questions are addressed by analysing three different kinds of texts: transnational policy documents on lifelong learning and the labour market; a Swedish policy text on in-service training in the health care sector; interviews with employees at six nursing homes for elderly people. A discourse analysis is performed inspired by the concepts of governmentality and the enabling state. Although the analysis indicate that the individual is constructed as responsible for her/his own employability, and the state and the employer are construed as enablers. This is not clear-cut or deterministic as different kinds of texts produce different kinds of positioning. This kind of analysis might help open up a new space for thought and action.

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Taylor and Francis , 2010. Vol. 32, no 2, 89-102 p.
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Elderly Care, Employability, Foucault, Governmentality, Responsibilisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54880DOI: 10.1080/0158037X.2010.488353ISI: 000285185800001OAI: diva2:310931
This is an electronic version of an article published in: Andreas Fejes, Discourses on Employability: Constituting the Responsible Citizen, 2010, Studies in Continuing Education, (32), 2, 89-102. Studies in Continuing Education is available online at informaworldTM: Copyright: Taylor & Francis Available from: 2010-04-19 Created: 2010-04-19 Last updated: 2011-01-21

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