Prof Valerie Walkerdine
- Regenerating Identities: subjectivity in transition in a South Wales workforce, ESRC Identities and Social Action Research Programme, Research Fellow Luis Jimenez
- This project is concerned with how inhabitants of a town which has lost its major employer, a steelworks, cope with the transition to a neoliberal and globalised labour market. It raises issues not only for an understanding of work subjectivity but also issues of masculinity, class and community. In particular, it explores the ways in which a community is formed affectivity and how it makes its way through massive social trauma and the implications for regeneration.
- Subjectivity in a Changing Australian Labour Market, Australian Research Council, with Bronwyn Davies, University of Western Sydney, Senior Research Assistant Peter Bansel
- This project links with the South Wales one. It also investigates how experience of labour market change is lived in relation to the possibilities for subjectivity. It raises important issues about the specificity of responses across country and geographical location to similar labour market shifts.
Communal Beingness and Affect [101.0 Kb]A Psychosocial Approach to Shame, Embarrassment & Melancholia amongst Unemployed Young Men and their Fathers [78.0 Kb]
- A psychosocial approach to unemployed young men in a South Wales town, ESRC, Research fellow Luis Jimenez
- This project has grown out of the Regenerating Identities project, which identified difficulties some young men were having in engaging with available work, which they considered embarrassing, shameful and feminine. Using a psychosocial framework, it explores the senses of despair, hopelessness and shame which circulate both in the family and community, while exploring the possibilities for hope and change. Working papers for this project can be accessed below.