'Got a degree...all of a sudden I'm in a Jobcentre': The role of 'stigma' in 'precarious' graduate transitions

Formby, Adam (2017) 'Got a degree...all of a sudden I'm in a Jobcentre': The role of 'stigma' in 'precarious' graduate transitions. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 25 (3). ISSN 1759-8273

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1332/175982717X14877669275128

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Abstract

There is widespread evidence that those claiming out-of-work benefits experience different types of 'benefit stigma' in the UK, with the focus largely falling on conventionally disadvantaged welfare users. In contrast, graduates' experiences of 'benefits stigma' go unnoticed because of their relative advantage within the labour market. Yet, an increase in precarity across the labour market has unsettled graduate transitions and is re-shaping their relationships with out-of-work benefits. Against this backdrop, this article explores how graduates respond to different aspects of 'benefit stigma'. It posits that challenging stigmatising narratives associated with out-of-benefits – is integral to support graduates furthest away from knowledge-based economy jobs.

Keywords:BENEFIT STIGMA, GRADUATE TRANSITIONS, JOBCENTRE PLUS, PRECARITY, WELFARE REFORM, YOUTH
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L490 Social Policy not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L432 Welfare Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:49221
Deposited On:13 May 2022 10:50

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