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ERIC Number: EJ893120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0158-037X
Discourses on Employability: Constituting the Responsible Citizen
Fejes, Andreas
Studies in Continuing Education, v32 n2 p89-102 Jul 2010
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 mobilised 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 and 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. The analysis indicates that the individual is constructed as responsible for her/his own employability, and the state and the employer are construed as enablers. However, 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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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden