Individualizing Services, Individualizing Responsibility: Two Sides of Local Active Inclusion

Christina Garsten, Katarina Hollertz, Kerstin Jacobsson

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    The paper focuses on the unemployed individual and her position in local activation practice. The overall aim is to analyse the role of individualisation of local activation policy in the construction of social citizenship in Sweden. More specifically, we ask: To what extent do
    clients have possibilities for individual voice, autonomy and self-determination in the local delivery of activation policy? What barriers do specific organisational models and practices imply for clients to choose, determine and access tailor-made programmes and services?
    What policy technologies are at work in governing and responsibilising the unemployed individual? The paper finds that the individualisation that is taking place occurs as an individualisation of responsibility, more than as an individualisation of interventions. A related finding is that the social rights perspective is becoming performance-oriented, and the
    normative demands placed on individuals appear increasingly totalizing, concerning the whole individual rather than the job-related aspects only. The paper is based on 23 in-depth interviews with individual clients as well as individual caseworkers and other professionals engaged in client-related work at local level in one Swedish municipality.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2014
    Number of pages16
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventThe 7th Nordic Working Life Conference. 2014: Threats and Possibilities Facing Nordic Working Life - Campus Haga at University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden
    Duration: 11 Jun 201413 Jun 2014
    Conference number: 7


    ConferenceThe 7th Nordic Working Life Conference. 2014
    LocationCampus Haga at University of Gothenburg
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