Regulating Transitions from School to Work

An Institutional Ethnography of Activation Work in Action

How are activation programs for the young unemployed implemented? How do street-level bureaucrats deal with competing rationalities and demands for action? Transition policies increasingly aim at promoting self-regulation and constructing employable subjects. Stephan Dahmen explores the practical regulation of biographical transitions in activation programs for the young unemployed by focusing on the interactive accomplishment of activation work. The study reveals how the critical tensions of activation policies are continually re-interpreted and adapted to local contingencies and describes the various organisational technologies used for creating employable subjects.

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Contents

    Seiten 5 - 8
  3. 1. Introduction

    Seiten 9 - 16
  4. 2. Youth, Education and the Welfare State

    2.1 How Institutions Structure the Youth Phase

    Seiten 17 - 27
  5. 2.2. Situating the Swiss Transition Regime

    Seiten 27 - 39
  6. 2.3. The Politics of VET in Switzerland and the Emergence of Transition Measures

    Seiten 39 - 53
  7. 2.4. Excursus: Collectivist Skill Formation Systems and the Right to Education

    Seiten 53 - 67
  8. 2.5. From the Emergence of a Problem Towards the Construction of a Policy

    Seiten 67 - 74
  9. 3. Life-Course, Biography and Social Policy

    Einleitung

    Seiten 75 - 79
  10. 3.1. The Life-Course as an Institutional Program and a Subjective Construction

    Seiten 80 - 92
  11. 3.2. The Organizational Regulation of Biographies

    Seiten 93 - 112
  12. 4. Analyzing Activation in Action

    4.1. Street-level Bureaucrats, Institutionalized Organizations and People Processing Organizations

    Seiten 113 - 152
  13. 5. Methodology, Research Design and Data Collection

    5.1. A Focus on Activation Practices

    Seiten 153 - 176
  14. 6. Results

    6.1. A Short Introduction to Motivational Semesters

    Seiten 177 - 191
  15. 6.2. Conflicts Between Orders of Worth and situated Compromises in Human Service Work: The Case of Sanctions

    Seiten 191 - 208
  16. 6.3. Gate-keeping and the Negotiation of Employability: The Intermediary Function of Motivational Semesters

    Seiten 208 - 225
  17. 6.4. Constructing the Client that Can Create Himself: Technologies of Agency and the Production of a Will

    Seiten 225 - 239
  18. 6.5. "Making Up" Viable Future Selves Through Evaluation – Working with the Portfolio-Tool

    Seiten 239 - 250
  19. 6.6. Guided Self-Exploration as a "Narrative Machinery" that Produces Intelligible Subjects

    Seiten 251 - 254
  20. 7. General Conclusion and Discussion of Main Results

    7.1. Organizations as the "Missing Link" for the Mediation Between Systemic Requirements and Subjectivity

    Seiten 255 - 260
  21. 7.2. The institutional Production of Subjectivity: Biographisation – Valuation – Optimisation – Autonomisation

    Seiten 260 - 276
  22. 8. Bibliography

    Seiten 277 - 308
  23. 9. Annex

    Seiten 309 - 312
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4 June 2021, 312 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-5706-7

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Stephan Dahmen, Universität Bielefeld, Deutschland

Author(s)
Stephan Dahmen
Book title
Regulating Transitions from School to Work An Institutional Ethnography of Activation Work in Action
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
312
Features
kart., Dispersionsbindung, 4 SW-Abbildungen
ISBN
978-3-8376-5706-7
DOI
10.14361/9783839457061
Commodity Group
1572
BIC-Code
JNA JKSN
BISAC-Code
EDU036000 SOC026000 EDU040000 SOC025000
THEMA-Code
JNA JKSN
Release date
4 June 2021
Edition
1
Topics
Arbeit, Bildung
Readership
Sociology, Educational Sciences, Social Work and Social Policy, Sociology of Practice, Science and Technology Studies
Keywords/Tags
Youth, Welfare State, Transitions, Human Service Organizations, Institutional Ethnography, Activation, Sociology of Conventions, Work, Education, Educational Research, Sociology of Education, Social Pedagogy, History of Education, Bielefeld University Press

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