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    Speaking up for guidance: Virtual duoethnography as counter-narrative to a disciplinary activation discourse.

    McBride, Grainne (2016) Speaking up for guidance: Virtual duoethnography as counter-narrative to a disciplinary activation discourse. Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.

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    This enquiry examines arguably one of the most significant changes in Irish manpower policy in the half-century since its inception, namely the reassignment of Irish Public Employment Service (PES) provision to a Civil Service Welfare Department, after fifty years of delivery via dedicated agencies. Set against a policy backdrop of labour market activation and economic austerity, it focuses on the impact on the availability of client-centred adult vocational guidance to unemployed people given its repositioning within a domain characterised by a conditional, regulatory philosophy. This autoethnographic study takes the reader on concurrent personal, political and policy journeys. Using career guidance theories as a theoretical framework, a disruptive personal experience is interrogated, providing a first-person account of career transition and incongruence. A creative approach of virtual duoethnography is employed to explore, from a unique insider perspective, the social and political contexts in which these experiences occurred. This technique utilises dialogue between two fictional characters to illuminate and critically reflect on a paradoxical state of “conditional unconditionality” brought about by the polar opposite objectives of supportive guidance policy and punitive activation policy. The enquiry identifies not alone how the issue of unemployment is a common denominator in the development of labour market policy, but furthermore establishes how guidance counselling, in particular lifelong guidance, is consistently viewed as key to successful achievement of labour market policy goals. Noting the discernment at EU level of the loss of guidance counselling since the transition of PES, the argument is ultimately made for an alternative discourse, open dialogue and the restoration of guidance counselling for unemployed people.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Keywords: M.Ed. in Adult and Community Education; M.Ed.; guidance; virtual; duoethnography; virtual duoethnography; counter-narrative; disciplinary activation discourse; disciplinary; activation; discourse;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 9634
    Depositing User: IR eTheses
    Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 11:55

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