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The productivity of unemployment: emerging forms of work and life in urban South Africa

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With two-thirds of South Africa’s young people unemployed, mass joblessness is widely regarded as the country’s most pressing socio- economic crisis. This thesis examines young men’s everyday experiences of unemployment in South Africa. It challenges the dominant understanding of unemployment as a condition characterised by an absence – of income, something to do, or a place in society. Instead, this thesis offers an account of unemployment as an agentive and socially productive experience...

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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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