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Institutionen för samhälls- och välfärdsstudier, Linköpings universitet.
2012 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 49, no 3, 211-226 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Burnout as occupational injury and narrative of resistance

During the last years of the 1990s and the first years of the 2000s, burnout was a common diagnosis for sick listing in Sweden. That burnout is directly related to working life was acknowledged by medical experts as well as in the public debate. The number of applications for occupational compensation due to social and organizational factors in work rose from a very modest degree to nearly a forth of the claims among occupational diseases. In this article 48 individual claims for compensation in cases of burnout as occupational disease are analyzed as narratives of resistance. In this respect they are seen as alternative accounts of risk in working life, but also as narratives about resistance. The concept, narratives of resistance, is used to understand the claimants’ argumentation for rights to compensation, as well as how the claimants draw upon public narratives of societal transformation to understand how they themselves have become ill from occupations that normally are not thought to be hazardous. One conclusion from the analysis is that the claimants regard their illness as the resistance of the body against changes in society and working life. 

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Sveriges sociologförbund , 2012. Vol. 49, no 3, 211-226 p.
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Burn-out, occupational injury, insurance, moral identity, narrative analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-16996OAI: diva2:790190

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