Ethnicized un/employability: Problematized Others and the shaping of advanced liberal subjects
2013 (English)In: Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization, ISSN 1473-2866, Vol. 13, no 4, 737-757 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper suggests some analytical tools for theoretically informed qualitative research of the nexus of employability and ethnicity. A governmentality perspective, inspired by Michel Foucault and others who have elaborated on his thoughts, constitutes the analytical approach of the paper. This approach directs the analytical focus towards problematizations and how the conduct of the governed subjects is guided. The analytical tools and approach are then employed using an empirical example. The analysis shows how a certain disadvantaged group – unemployed Somalis in Sweden – is problematized in the context of a labour market project co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). The paper discusses how different techniques, such as resume-writing, personal action plan, guidance and job interview training are deployed in order to reshape these problematized and ethnicized Others into advanced liberal subjects, or ‘employable’ individuals.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 13, no 4, 737-757 p.
Ethnicity, employability, ethnicization, governmentality, advanced liberal subject
Work Sciences International Migration and Ethnic Relations
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-101007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-101007DiVA: diva2:664733