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The fragility of self-respect

emotional labour of workfare volunteering

The fragility of self-respect

emotional labour of workfare volunteering

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This article contributes to our empirical understanding of self-respect in rising meritocracies by focusing on the experiences of unemployed, low-skilled people recruited as workfare volunteers in the Netherlands. As many theorists have argued, the longterm unemployed struggle to maintain self-esteem. We found that workfare projects that introduce them to voluntary work can help them regain self-respect through four types of emotional labour: feeling respected through their newfound status, enjoying a craft, being able to perform in less stressful working environments, and taking pride in the meaning bestowed by voluntary work. But the emotional labour necessary to experience their situation more positively also increases the risk of experiencing negative emotions, thereby posing new threats to the fragile self-respect of unemployed citizens.

OrganisatieHogeschool van Amsterdam
LectoraatLectoraat Stedelijk Sociaal Werken
Gepubliceerd inSocial Policy and Society Vol. 12, Uitgave: 3, Pagina's: 427-438
Jaar2013
TypeArtikel
DOI10.1017/S1474746413000067
TaalEngels

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