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Working to Feel Better or Feeling Better to Work? Discourses of Wellbeing in Austerity Reality TV

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Title:Working to Feel Better or Feeling Better to Work? Discourses of Wellbeing in Austerity Reality TV
Authors:Sandle, Rowan Voirrey
Day, Katy
Muskett, Tom
Keywords:austerity
mental health
reality TV
Date Issued:2018
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies
Citation:Sandle, R. V., Day, K. & Muskett, T. (2018). Working to Feel Better or Feeling Better to Work? Discourses of Wellbeing in Austerity Reality TV. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 14(2).
Series:vol. 14, no. 2
Abstract:By focusing on discourses within the ‘cultural economy’ of reality TV, the following considers the wider positioning of waged labor as essential for mental health during a period of austerity. The findings suggest that discourses of mental health and wellbeing construct figures of a ‘good’ welfare-recipient as one who achieves wellbeing through distancing themselves from the welfare state and progress toward waged work. Framed within the landscape of ‘psycho-politics’, wellbeing and unemployment are arguably entangled to legitimize current welfare policy, placing responsibility on individuals for economic and health security and dissolving concerns over austerity’s systemic impact.
URI/DOI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/58700
ISSN:1552-9215
Appears in Collections: RDS Volume 14, No. 2


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