The 'active welfare state' and its consequences: A case study of sheltered employment in Sweden
2010 (English)In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 12, no 2, 209-230 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper reports the findings of a longitudinal case study of sheltered employment for activating so-called occupationally disabled people in Sweden. Data consist of interviews, archival studies and participant observation on how occupationally disabled people's employability is to be promoted and the consequences of such activities. It is argued that those that, for one reason or another, are unable to live up to the norms of being a 'normal' and hence fully active citizen, are objectified as passive and unemployable persons through the same principles that aim to make them active. Through its emphasis on ability, strength, and competence, the 'active society' may raise the bar of employability higher than ever before. As a result, an increasing number of people risk disablement and indeed end up as 'disabled'.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 12, no 2, 209-230 p.
welfare state; activation; disability; Sweden; case study
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42539DOI: 10.1080/14616690903388960ISI: 000277503500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-42539DiVA: diva2:349461