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      Constructing Work and Subjectivities in Precarious Conditions: Psycho-Discursive Practices in Young People’s Interviews in Greece

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          Precarity is becoming the paradigmatic description of young people’s work conditions in crisis-ridden Greece, but also in other European countries. Focusing on interview data on the work experiences of young adults (18-26 years old), in urban centres of Greece, this study attempts to explore the ways in which informants account for working in precarious conditions and construct agency and subjectivity within these ways of accounting. The analysis drawing on insights from critical discursive social psychology indicates that participants construct precarious work conditions as widespread and banal a) by treating precarious work as a sine qua non condition of youth employment, b) by considering precarious work as an inherent trait of the Greek job-market, c) by considering precarious work as a necessary step on a (biographical) path leading to the desired and/or appropriate job, or d) by adopting a “there is no other alternative” accounting, representing precarious job conditions as the only alternative to unemployment. The analysis also points out the ways in which participants orient themselves to a dilemma of stake and accountability, being concerned to position themselves as effortful subjects, while they are rhetorically constructing the banal regime of precarious labour. The discussion considers the need to bring into the scope of social and political psychology the specific nuances of precarious labour.

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                Journal
                JSPP
                J Soc Polit Psych
                Journal of Social and Political Psychology
                J. Soc. Polit. Psych.
                PsychOpen
                2195-3325
                01 March 2016
                : 4
                : 1
                : 24-43
                Affiliations
                [a ]Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, National and Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece
                [b ]Department of Psychology, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
                [3]De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
                Author notes
                [* ]Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, National and Kapodistrian University, Faculty of Philosophy, 15703, Athens, Greece. gkesisoglou@ 123456ppp.uoa.gr
                Article
                jspp.v4i1.494
                10.5964/jspp.v4i1.494
                5647adee-786c-46cb-bd05-1682f54dc7f4
                Copyright @ 2016

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                History
                : 29 March 2015
                : 25 October 2015
                Categories
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                Psychology
                neo-liberalism,common-sense,psycho-discursive practices,banalisation,precarious work
                Psychology
                neo-liberalism, common-sense, psycho-discursive practices, banalisation, precarious work

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