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The moral discourses of ‘post-crisis’ neoliberalism: a case study of Lithuania’s Labour Code reform
Department of Sociology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA.
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1933-3847
2016 (English)In: Critical Discourse Studies, ISSN 1740-5904, E-ISSN 1740-5912, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article problematizes the neoliberal reconfiguration of labour rights in Lithuania, a newer European Union member state, in which the impacts of the global economic and financial crisis were particularly severe and where radical austerity measures were subsequently imposed. Now, after six years, in an attempt to resolve the exhaustion of previous austerity-based solutions for economic recovery, a new Labour Code is being introduced which will further weaken labour protections and labour rights. This article analyses conflicting positions in current debates over Labour Code reform. It attempts to map the mobilization of strategic discursive resources in an unfolding dialogical ‘moral’ politics of Labour Code reform in the current conjuncture of ‘postcrisis’. Theoretically, this article draws upon the seminal work of the early Soviet Marxist scholar V. N. Voloshinov in proposing a dialogical method which foregrounds the interconnections of language, class and ideology.

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Taylor&Francis Group , 2016. 1-18 p.
Keyword [en]
Labour Code reform, moral discourses, post-crisis, Lithuania, neoliberalism
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Media Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-130484DOI: 10.1080/17405904.2016.1231961OAI: diva2:951684
Available from: 2016-08-09 Created: 2016-08-09 Last updated: 2016-08-31

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