Unemployment and Government: Genealogies of the Social
Author: William Walters, Chris Arup, Martin Chanock
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: April 26, 2000
This book follows the invention and transformation of unemployment, understood as a historically specific site of regulation. Taking key aspects of the history of unemployment in Britain as its focus, it argues that the ways in which authorities have defined and sought to manage the jobless have been remarkably varied. The book examines such institutionalized practices as the labor bureau, unemployment insurance, and the present "New Deal" as "technologies" of power. The result is a challenge to our thinking about welfare states.