The ‘sellable semblance’ : Employability in the context of mental-illness

Elraz, Hadar (2013) The ‘sellable semblance’ : Employability in the context of mental-illness. Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization, 13 (4). pp. 809-824. ISSN 1473-2866

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Embedded within the concept of employability is the constant demand to become more ‘employable’ and to live up to an ideal ‘sellable self’, with no ‘faults’, ‘weaknesses’ or ‘limitations’. In order to maintain employability and stay in employment, individuals may be constrained to conceal information that does not correspond to this sellable self. Examining the costs of living up to the ‘semblance’ of the sellable self is particularly important in relation to mental health; this is even more so in light of the paucity of critical studies in this context. This paper examines issues of mental health and employability as they are reflected upon through the experiences of people with mental health conditions. Looking at the employment experiences of these individuals offers the potential to illuminate the struggles of all, or most of us, in our endeavours to secure employment and retain employability.

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Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization
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