After Work? Refusing the Neoliberal Work Ethic in an Era of Chronic Unemployment,

Maria Daskalaki, Peter Fleming

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    Can the unemployed use their socio-economic status of jobless to refuse work, and more particularly, its growing precarity in western economies? To answer this question we report on an empirical study in Greece, which has one of the highest rates of unemployment in Europe. Drawing on two online forums dedicated to the experiences of the unemployed, the paper aims to examine how and why insecure work in the mainstream economy can also reshape the experience of joblessness. We conceptually frame the findings by blending the insights of two literatures (i.e., on refusal of work and unemployment) in the hope of yielding insights about the politics of employment today. We conclude by examining the wider implications for the study of work life and unemployment in times of socio-economic crisis and job precarity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusUnpublished - 3 Sept 2016
    EventWork Employment and Society Conference - Leeds University , Leeds, United Kingdom
    Duration: 3 Sept 20165 Sept 2016


    ConferenceWork Employment and Society Conference
    Abbreviated titleWES
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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