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The ethics of welfareHuman rights, dependency and responsibility$
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Hartley Dean

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345622

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345622.001.0001

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Ethical techniques of the self and the ‘good jobseeker’

Ethical techniques of the self and the ‘good jobseeker’

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(p.155) Eight Ethical techniques of the self and the ‘good jobseeker’
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The ethics of welfare
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Ruth Rogers

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345622.003.0009

This chapter examines how governmental discourse both addresses and manages two different types of unemployed person or jobseeker through the textual analysis of two British government documents. It is argued that although governmental discourse about unemployment requires jobseekers to abide by the strict market ethic of employability, flexibility and continuous learning, they are afforded only limited rights. This chapter outlines the current political context surrounding unemployment policy in Britain and the theoretical background to the analysis, and then offers a commentary upon two documents.

Keywords:   governmental discourse, jobseeker, unemployment, employability, flexibility, unemployment policy

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