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Fate and Agency in Job Loss Narratives


Ezzy, D, Fate and Agency in Job Loss Narratives, Qualitative Sociology, 23, (1) pp. 121-134. ISSN 0162-0436 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1023/A:1005459701480


While sociologists have emphasized the social sources of autobiographical narratives, there has been relatively little sociological reflection on the way that autobiographers themselves make selective use of accounts of social forces and pressures to explain their actions. This paper examines the way individuals' use of social pressures as explanations of their behavior are related to the structure of autobiographical narratives as a whole. The paper draws on empirical examples from interviews with people who are unemployed. Focusing on heroic and tragic narrative structures, I argue that the overall narrative structure is shaped by a number of factors, including the events of historical experience, the rhetorical intention of the autobiographer, and the structuring effects of social location. © 2000 Human Sciences Press, Inc.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Employment patterns and change
UTAS Author:Ezzy, D (Professor Douglas Ezzy)
ID Code:19411
Year Published:2000
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-05-09

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