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Reinventing the employable citizen: a perspective for social work

Griet Roets UGent, Rudi Roose UGent, Lien Claes UGent, Caroline Vandekinderen UGent, Geert Van Hove UGent and Wouter Vanderplasschen UGent (2012) BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK. 42(1). p.94-110
abstract
In workfare-as-welfare regimes, welfare states attempt to increase efforts to employ economically inactive individuals, such as people with chronic 'mental health problems', through a wide range of activation strategies. In this article, we draw upon insights obtained from a recent research project in Belgium, in which social workers are charged with managing labour market training programmes. In the project, we explored the experiences of people with 'mental health problems' to identify ways in which supportive tenets for people in search of employment can be constructed. We aim to transfer the Belgian experience to the British context in an analysis of the various notions and interpretations of citizenship in social practices. In the analysis, we differentiate between notions and experiences of normative and relational citizenship. In conclusion, we argue that a relational approach to citizenship enables social workers in Belgium to make use of their discretionary space to (re)negotiate the finality of employment trajectories in a flexible way. From an international perspective, we conclude that social workers are in a critical position to influence the workfare-as-welfare agenda of social policy makers.
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keyword
REFORM, RIGHTS, Workfare-as-welfare, people with 'mental health problems', normative citizenship, relational citizenship, MENTAL-HEALTH PROBLEMS, DISABLED PEOPLE, LABOR-MARKET, WELFARE, DISABILITY, RECOVERY, USERS, EMPLOYMENT
journal title
BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK
Br. J. Soc. Work
volume
42
issue
1
pages
94 - 110
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000300331700007
JCR category
SOCIAL WORK
JCR impact factor
0.995 (2012)
JCR rank
15/38 (2012)
JCR quartile
2 (2012)
ISSN
0045-3102
DOI
10.1093/bjsw/bcr037
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1186818
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1186818
date created
2011-03-12 09:09:26
date last changed
2015-06-17 09:30:34
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  abstract     = {In workfare-as-welfare regimes, welfare states attempt to increase efforts to employ economically inactive individuals, such as people with chronic 'mental health problems', through a wide range of activation strategies. In this article, we draw upon insights obtained from a recent research project in Belgium, in which social workers are charged with managing labour market training programmes. In the project, we explored the experiences of people with 'mental health problems' to identify ways in which supportive tenets for people in search of employment can be constructed. We aim to transfer the Belgian experience to the British context in an analysis of the various notions and interpretations of citizenship in social practices. In the analysis, we differentiate between notions and experiences of normative and relational citizenship. In conclusion, we argue that a relational approach to citizenship enables social workers in Belgium to make use of their discretionary space to (re)negotiate the finality of employment trajectories in a flexible way. From an international perspective, we conclude that social workers are in a critical position to influence the workfare-as-welfare agenda of social policy makers.},
  author       = {Roets, Griet and Roose, Rudi and Claes, Lien and Vandekinderen, Caroline and Van Hove, Geert and Vanderplasschen, Wouter},
  issn         = {0045-3102},
  journal      = {BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK},
  keyword      = {REFORM,RIGHTS,Workfare-as-welfare,people with 'mental health problems',normative citizenship,relational citizenship,MENTAL-HEALTH PROBLEMS,DISABLED PEOPLE,LABOR-MARKET,WELFARE,DISABILITY,RECOVERY,USERS,EMPLOYMENT},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {94--110},
  title        = {Reinventing the employable citizen: a perspective for social work},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcr037},
  volume       = {42},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Roets, Griet, Rudi Roose, Lien Claes, Caroline Vandekinderen, Geert Van Hove, and Wouter Vanderplasschen. 2012. “Reinventing the Employable Citizen: a Perspective for Social Work.” British Journal of Social Work 42 (1): 94–110.
APA
Roets, G., Roose, R., Claes, L., Vandekinderen, C., Van Hove, G., & Vanderplasschen, W. (2012). Reinventing the employable citizen: a perspective for social work. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, 42(1), 94–110.
Vancouver
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Roets G, Roose R, Claes L, Vandekinderen C, Van Hove G, Vanderplasschen W. Reinventing the employable citizen: a perspective for social work. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK. 2012;42(1):94–110.
MLA
Roets, Griet, Rudi Roose, Lien Claes, et al. “Reinventing the Employable Citizen: a Perspective for Social Work.” BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK 42.1 (2012): 94–110. Print.