1st Edition

Psychology, Punitive Activation and Welfare Blaming the Unemployed

By Rose-Marie Stambe Copyright 2022
    124 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    124 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores welfare politics, unemployment, and interventions in relation to the labour market from a critical psychological perspective. Using critical fieldwork and theory, the author explores the administration of the unemployed, and the drive to increase labour market participation through strategies of activation.

    There is a strong and coherent conceptual and theoretical framing for this work, with a critical perspective (essentially, question everything) taking centre stage. It will give an overall coherence in addressing the topic. The theoretical framing is cogent and, in combination with the critical perspective, works well for integrating the material and delivering a fresh approach to this topic.

    Psychology, Punitive Activation and Welfare will appeal to students engaging with critical psychology, unemployment or policy, by providing a distinct application of theoretical and methodological tools to think differently about the relationship between labour market non/participation, human misery, psychology, and frontline enactment of policy and research.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: Putting critique to work

    Chapter 3: A Critique of methods

    Chapter 4: Participation, activation and compliance

    Chapter 5: Affective governing and the psy-complex

    Chapter 6: Unpacking interviews

    Chapter 7: Conclusion

    List of Figures

    Series Preface


    List of abbreviations


    Rose-Marie Stambe is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia. Her main research interests are in critical qualitative methodology, the welfare-work nexus, social disadvantage and subjectivity.