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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|
|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.|
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