Social relations of people experiencing unemployment. Between support and stigmatisation
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Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw
Institute of Sociology, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
Publication date: 2020-07-16
Problemy Polityki Społecznej 2020;48:93–107
The aim of the article is to analyse social relations of people experiencing unemployment in today’s Polish society on the basis of the data collected as a part of the “Memoirs of the Unemployed” project. In this paper, we investigate three types of relations: with family, with friends and acquaintances, and with labour market institutions. Our analysis shows that the experience of unemployment has a specific impact on social relations, both within the family and with other people. They are characterised by great ambivalence, which results from the fact that although they are a source of support, they are often based on a lack of understanding of the situation of people experiencing unemployment, and even involve stigmatisation. The relations with representatives of institutions are perceived by the research participants as instrumental and stigmatising.
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