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Voices of the unemployed: inside stories policy-makers need to know

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posted on 2022-03-28, 21:05 authored by Grace Patricia Vaughan
Using empirical material gathered from seven weeks of participant observations and interviews in western Sydney, this thesis analyses six individuals’ experience of long-term unemployment. The thesis examines intersecting influences - stigma, ethnicity and social class, and a sense of place, revealing the manner in which relations of power in everyday experiences are negotiated. Developing these concepts contextually necessitates an overview of structural processes of political economy and social welfare, as these help us understand historical dimensions of work and unemployment, and the contemporary spatially complex and negotiated state of employment-deprived areas of western Sydney, Australia.


Table of Contents

Chapter One. Introduction -- Chapter Two. Method and methodology -- Chapter Three. Literature review -- Chapter Four. Participants' experiences -- Chapter Five. Discussions.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 118-127

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Anthropology

Department, Centre or School

Department of Anthropology

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Eve Vincent


Copyright Grace Patricia Vaughan 2016. Copyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au




New South Wales


1 online resource (127 pages)

Former Identifiers

mq:46994 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1089036