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To move or not to move: mobility decision-making in the context of welfare conditionality and paid employment

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The mobility and agency of the unemployed have rarely been examined together in welfare administration. Mobility research has much to offer the (im)mobility of low-skilled and unemployed workers. The article begins by critically examining dominant public discourse and policy reforms that stigmatise the assumed immobility of the unemployed. Drawing on empirical data from in-depth interviews with people on income support payments in Australia, it then offers a critical view on the mobility decision-making processes of these job-seekers. Building on previous research concerning the politics of mobility, it shows that structural inequalities impact mobility choices, making relocation difficult for many job-seekers. At the same time, it highlights the localised mobility that job search now involves, complicating orthodox associations between mobility and power–as well as assumptions that job-seekers are immobile.

Authors


  •   Marston, Greg (external author)
  •   Zhang, Juan (external author)
  •   Peterie, Michelle A. (external author)
  •   Ramia, Gaby (external author)
  •   Patulny, Roger
  •   Cooke, Emma (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Marston, G., Zhang, J., Peterie, M., Ramia, G., Patulny, R. & Cooke, E. (2019). To move or not to move: mobility decision-making in the context of welfare conditionality and paid employment. Mobilities, 14 (5), 596-611.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85073652710

Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 596

End Page


  • 611

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 5

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The mobility and agency of the unemployed have rarely been examined together in welfare administration. Mobility research has much to offer the (im)mobility of low-skilled and unemployed workers. The article begins by critically examining dominant public discourse and policy reforms that stigmatise the assumed immobility of the unemployed. Drawing on empirical data from in-depth interviews with people on income support payments in Australia, it then offers a critical view on the mobility decision-making processes of these job-seekers. Building on previous research concerning the politics of mobility, it shows that structural inequalities impact mobility choices, making relocation difficult for many job-seekers. At the same time, it highlights the localised mobility that job search now involves, complicating orthodox associations between mobility and power–as well as assumptions that job-seekers are immobile.

Authors


  •   Marston, Greg (external author)
  •   Zhang, Juan (external author)
  •   Peterie, Michelle A. (external author)
  •   Ramia, Gaby (external author)
  •   Patulny, Roger
  •   Cooke, Emma (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Marston, G., Zhang, J., Peterie, M., Ramia, G., Patulny, R. & Cooke, E. (2019). To move or not to move: mobility decision-making in the context of welfare conditionality and paid employment. Mobilities, 14 (5), 596-611.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85073652710

Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 596

End Page


  • 611

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 5

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom