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Reflecting on Work Values with Young Unemployed Adults in Finland (2019)


Hirvilammi, Tuuli; Väyrynen, Marianne; Stamm, Ingo; Matthies, Aila-Leena; Närhi, Kati (2019). Reflecting on Work Values with Young Unemployed Adults in Finland. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 9 (2), 87-104. DOI: 10.18291/njwls.v9i2.114802


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All authors or editors: Hirvilammi, Tuuli; Väyrynen, Marianne; Stamm, Ingo; Matthies, Aila-Leena; Närhi, Kati
Journal or series: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies
eISSN: 2245-0157
Publication year: 2019
Volume: 9
Issue number: 2
Pages range: 87-104
Publisher: Aalborg Universitet
Publication country: Denmark
Publication language: English
Open Access: Publication published in an open access channel
Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65154


Abstract

In this article, we explore the internal conversations about the work values of young unemployed adults in Finland. We draw on the theoretical concept of internal conversation by Margaret Archer in order to shift the focus from the individual work values to the interplay between subjective concerns and structural circumstances.The data consist of six group interviews conducted among 29 young unemployed adults. We argue that the internal conversations on work values of young unemployed adults constitute five significant concerns: self-realization and opportunity to contribute to society; sufficient income to live independently; social expectations; challenges of finding employment; and unsustainability of the employment system. These diverse concerns demonstrate that young unemployed adults are constrained agents in a changing context of global environment, Nordic labor market, and activation policies. The results contribute to the explanations for unemployment by emphasizing both the structural factors and reflective agency of young unemployed adults

Free keywords: group interviews; internal conversation; unemployment; work values; young adults


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Reporting Year: 2019
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