chapter  3
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Tobacco Workers

This chapter focuses on the way tobacco workers experience the process as well as the significance of the fact that they have been forced into a state of work deprivation. When it comes to labour and employment, the current crisis in the social state has drastically affected workers daily lives. According to the neoclassical idea, the issue of unemployment is attributed to the function of the economic system itself and to its fluctuations, as already noted by Lord Beveridge at the beginning of the twentieth century. Tobacco workers struggle to preserve their working identity and attempt to define their future by relying on their own means in the context of minimal and residual social protection. The career choice for the majority of tobacco informants was conditioned by a combination of personal motives related to the needs of survival and employment availability.