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dc.contributor.authorBoland, Tom
dc.contributor.authorGriffin, Ray
dc.date.issued2021
dc.date.submitted2021-05-26T09:55:14Z
dc.identifierhttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/48793
dc.description.abstract"Chapter 3 available Open Access via OAPEN under CC-BY-NC-ND licence. Western culture has ‘faith’ in the labour market as a test of the worth of each individual. For those who are out of work, welfare is now less of a support than a means of purification and redemption. Continuously reformed by the left and right in politics, the contemporary welfare state attempts to transform the unemployed into active jobseekers, punishing non-compliance. Drawing on ideas from economic theology, this provocative book uncovers deep-rooted religious concepts and shows how they continue to influence contemporary views of work and unemployment: Jobcentres resemble purgatory where the unemployed attempt to redeem themselves, jobseeking is a form of pilgrimage in hope of salvation, and the economy appears as providence, whereby trials and tribulations test each individual. This book will be essential reading for those interested in the sociology and anthropology of modern economic life."
dc.languageEnglish
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JF Society & culture: general::JFF Social issues & processes::JFFJ Social discrimination & inequality
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JH Sociology & anthropology::JHB Sociology::JHBL Sociology: work & labour
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JK Social services & welfare, criminology::JKS Social welfare & social services::JKSB Welfare & benefit systems
dc.subject.otherEconomic theology; Governmentality; Irrational rationality; Jobseeking; Welfare
dc.titleChapter 3 Reform
dc.title.alternativePolicies and the Polity
dc.typechapter
oapen.identifier.doi10.47674/9781529211344.003
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy0de417a4-ddfa-4c89-a7f7-47aed6c89514
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_nameBristol University Press
oapen.relation.isPartOfBookThe Reformation of Welfare
virtual.oapen_relation_isPartOfBook.dc_titleThe Reformation of Welfare
oapen.relation.isbn9781529211320
oapen.relation.isbn9781529211351
oapen.pages49
oapen.place.publicationBristol


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