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Young and unemployed in Västervik - work and identity in a postindustrial society

In Sweden as well as in many other European countries, young men and women have, during the last few decades, had trouble establishing themselves on the labor market. Advanced industrial society has been replaced by a post-industrial society based upon knowledge and information, where industrial work and manufacturing have become less common. The municipality of Västervik, located on the southeast coast of Sweden, is one among many small towns and communities whose main industries have closed down or drastically decreased their workforce during the last few decades of tremendous structural change. In many ways this town is a typical small Swedish community, formerly the industrial center for a rural region that is now experiencing various closures of its industrial enterprises. In April 2014 more than 20 percent of young people in Västervik were unemployed.

The research project aims to understand young people’s own experiences and perceptions of their situation as job-seekers in the municipality of Västervik. A report is already published, and during 2015 I will finish a chapter in an international anthology and a conference paper.

Project leader: Åsa Andersson
Project duration: 2015-2016
Funding: The Faculty of Arts

Contact Information

Åsa Andersson

PO Box 200, 415 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Vera Sandbergs Allé 8

Phone:
+46-31 786 6144

Page Manager: Felicia Bigot Klinteberg|Last update: 6/19/2017
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