Working precarious careers trajectories: tracing neoliberal discourses in younger workers’ narratives

Sofritti, Federico, Benozzo, Angelo, Carey, Neil and Pizzorno, Maria Chiara (2020) Working precarious careers trajectories: tracing neoliberal discourses in younger workers’ narratives. Journal of Youth Studies, 23 (8). pp. 1054-1070. ISSN 1367-6261

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to explore how, in the context of the post Global Financial Crisis (GFC), some Italian younger workers in a specific geographical region in Italy recount their work trajectories. Drawing on narrative interviews with ten participants (aged between 24 and 30) as part of a research project carried out in the Autonomous region of Aosta Valley in Italy, the article traces discourses closely associated with neoliberalism–the discourses of the entrepreneurial self, employability and self-responsibilisation–through which subjects’ work experiences take shape. Moreover, the analysis highlights how locality, one’s personal relation with the geographical territory, makes more complex the younger people’s negotiations in crafting themselves vis-à-vis precarious employment opportunities and wider socio-economic dynamics in respect of precarious employment opportunities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: discourse analysis,neoliberalism,place,precarity,younger workers,sociology and political science,social sciences(all),life-span and life-course studies ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3312
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2019 11:30
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2020 23:50
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/72229
DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2019.1654602

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