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ERIC Number: EJ818981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0258-2236
Structural Unemployment and Its Effects: There Is Always a Reflexive Response
Winslade, John
Perspectives in Education, v26 n3 p1-6 Sep 2008
A poststructuralist perspective on unemployment is discussed to include a reflexive interplay between harsh economic "realities" and conscious decision-making. Through an example of an individual story it is argued that objective economic knowledge is often complicated by what people do with it. In this case the dominant economic discourse had penetrated the consciousness of a young man who was unemployed. Opening a conversation on the internalised effects of this discourse enabled a shift in response. Enabling consideration of the dominant discourse and facilitating such shifts in response are suggested as the focus of educational practice.
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Language: English
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