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New Dissertation on the Ethnification of Unemployed

Viktor spikarOn may 20, Viktor Vesterberg nailed his thesis on to a symbolic gate in the university library according to the old academci cum Lutheran tradition. Ethnicizing Employability. Governing the Unemployed in Labour Market Projects in Sweden, will be defended on May 20 on Campus Norrköping. The opponent will be Associate professor Oscar Pripp, Uppsala University.

The dissertation analyzes labour market projects co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) targeting unemployed migrants and /or ethnicized groups. The analysis is qualitative, discourse-oriented and based on Foucault’s concept of governmentality.

More specifically, it is highlighted how the target groups are ethnicized through discourses of employability and learning. The thesis consists of four articles. In the first three articles, focus is mainly on how the projects present themselves through their project descriptions in the ESF project bank. The fourth article is mainly based on ethnographic material from participant observations and qualitative interviews. Overall, this dissertation highlights different aspects of inclusion work directed towards migrants and ethnicized target groups that can be seen as problematic and sometimes contradictory. Tendencies to individualize unemployment and thus positioning the unemployed project participants as responsible for their situation is interrogated in the thesis.

The defence takes place in room K3 in Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping, at 10 am on May 20.  

Mon May 02 11:26:27 CEST 2016

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