Policy Press

The Rise of Mental Vulnerability at Work

A Socio-Historical and Cultural Analysis

By Ari Väänänen

Published

Apr 30, 2024

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447359432

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Apr 30, 2024

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447359425

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Apr 30, 2024

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447359449

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Apr 30, 2024

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447359449

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
The Rise of Mental Vulnerability at Work

Since the 1960s, a major mental health crisis has emerged among Western working populations. By analysing the development of various occupational cultures and using extensive data sources, this book captures the history of mental vulnerability in working life.

Through a study spanning several decades, the book develops a new understanding of how mental vulnerability has evolved through changes to our working lives and socio-cultural being. It shows how our current knowledge about work, disability and the psyche is influenced by our time and provides intertwining conceptual frameworks and alternatives to current canonised knowledge about mental health in working life.

“This highly original text provides an exciting new way of understanding the changing nature of mental health in modern society. It is both theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded and expands our grasp of the changing nature of work in western society.” Michael Murray, Keele University

"In a society sensitized to mental vulnerability, Ari Väänänen’s cultural-historical perspective on vulnerability at work is a very helpful guide to the complexities of the matter. Highly recommended!" Svend Brinkmann, Aalborg University

Ari Väänänen is Research Professor at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. He has worked in various research units in several countries and as Vising Professor at the University of Kent.

Prologue

1. Background

2. Conceptual Framework

3. The Vulnerability of Work

4. The Vulnerability of Cultural Existence

5. Mental Vulnerability in the Historical Context

6. The Change in the Understanding of Occupational Health

7. The Historical Pathways of Mental Vulnerability at Work

8. The Current Dynamics of Vulnerability at Work

9. Mental Vulnerability as a Social Practice

10. The Temporal Nature of Mental Health/Ability