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A psychosocial approach to shame, embarrassment and melancholia amongst unemployed young men and their fathers

Jimenez, Luis and Walkerdine, Valerie 2011. A psychosocial approach to shame, embarrassment and melancholia amongst unemployed young men and their fathers. Gender and Education 23 (2) , pp. 185-199. 10.1080/09540253.2010.490202

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Abstract

This paper uses a psychosocial approach to explore young unemployed men’s resistance to work they describe as ‘embarrassing’ and ‘feminine’, in the context of the closure of a steelworks in a town in the South Wales valleys. In our psychosocial interview‐based study, with young men as well as their mothers and (where possible) their fathers, we found a community riven with complex feelings about masculinity and femininity, projected on to the young men in such a way as to almost scapegoat them. The experience of the young men was marked by embarrassment and shame. They feel bullied and shamed by their families, peers and others in the community for not being able to find gender‐appropriate work.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: unemployment, service work, masculinities, working class, psychosocial methods
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0954-0253
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:32
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/40622

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