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Required alienation?: The monitored self in a health promotion programme in secondary schools of three Swedish municipalities
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (Riscy)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5644-2455
2019 (English)In: Pedagogy, Culture & Society, ISSN 1468-1366, E-ISSN 1747-5104Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Promotion is an institutionally mediated effort to bolster or redirect a person’s health, strength, and other assets to build resilience. We analyse a Swedish version of the Life in Action promotion programme used in secondary schools in three municipalities. Focusing on types of alienation as framed in the programme, we argue that Life in Action’s treatment of the psyche as an object in need of conscious monitoring, nurturing, and enhancement of qualities such as positive attitude and self-discipline signals the teenage participants’ required alienation. Concluding the article, we discuss how this type of alienation may already be present in participating students, and also how it may be necessary for young people about to enter work-life in the era of late capitalism.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.
Keywords [en]
Alienation, governmentally, health promotion, secondary school
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Social Work
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Social Sciences, Social Work; Social Sciences, Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-86943DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2019.1642947OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-86943DiVA, id: diva2:1338397
Available from: 2019-07-22 Created: 2019-07-22 Last updated: 2019-12-06

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