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

Hirvilammi, T., Väyrynen, M., Stamm, I., Matthies, A.-L., & Närhi, K. (2019). Reflecting on Work Values with Young Unemployed Adults in Finland. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 9(2), 87-104. https://doi.org/10.18291/njwls.v9i2.114802

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Publication details

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

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18291/njwls.v9i2.114802

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65154


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

Keywords: young adults; unemployed people; unemployment; working life; values (conceptions); group interviews

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

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Reporting Year: 2019

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