The workless class? : economic transformation, informal work and male working-class identity

FLETCHER, Del (2010). The workless class? : economic transformation, informal work and male working-class identity. Social Policy and Society, 9 (03), 325-336.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746410000059
Link to published version:: 10.1017/S1474746410000059

Abstract

Paid work has traditionally been seen as a core element in the construction of masculine identities. Willis (1977) has, for example, linked working-class masculinity to shop floor culture. It is, however, clear that many communities cannot rely on the stable employment around which familiar models of working-class identity were forged. This paper examines how the male residents of a deprived former council estate in the north of England have responded to the loss of traditional employment opportunities. It is argued that paid informal work has become an important way for some working-class men to express their identity.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1017/S1474746410000059
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2012 09:56
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2012 09:56
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4584

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