Navigating the Seas of the World of Unemployment in the USA

  • Judy Arnold


Arnold examines in ethnographic detail the resources needed for the jobless to navigate the world of unemployment in the USA. The US Congress, she notes, has made applying for unemployment insurance so difficult that many candidates deserving of the benefits have fallen by the wayside. She tells the stories of four sets of individuals in Tennessee who qualify for unemployment benefits. The first are professionals who feel shame at being put in the position to be eligible to apply for such benefits. The next group object to applying on political and cultural grounds. The third are temporary workers who are periodically unemployed between jobs. The fourth group come from a poverty culture where social services are the norm and they know how to navigate the system; they want to get away from the ‘stigma’ of social services but do not trust the government and do not want to be involved in government programs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judy Arnold
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  1. 1.Adjunct faculty, Humanities DepartmentWalters State Community CollegeMorristownUSA

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