The thesis examines the neoliberalisation of community welfare organisations as sites of welfare to work extension. It takes a political economy perspective that draws on the concept of the ''neoliberalisation of space'' from social geography (Peck & Tickell 2002) to explore organisational change as experienced by elite community welfare agents. It combines this with a Critical Discourse Analysis to explore power relations, contest, social agency and emergent neoliberal social relations within the community welfare sector. It concludes that power operated in multiple and non-transparent ways to privilege conservative and paternalistic views about unemployment, displacing relations of solidarity with clients and compromising organisational missions. In doing so it examines the path of CWOs from progressive organisations to institutionally networked sites of neoliberal welfare to work.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||01 Dec 2013|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|