Classes, underclasses and the labour market
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Classes, underclasses and the labour market book
In recent years there have been a number of deep-seated changes in the British economy. Levels of male employment have fallen dramatically, the gender composition of the work-force has altered, and there have been shifts in emphasis from full-time to part-time employment, from male to female labour, from manufacturing to services, and from secure to casualised work. My own research over much of this period has been concerned to document the social impact of such changes, through an examination of the work experiences of those populations most directly affected. It has been something of a puzzle for me that social class, the concept which most overtly and directly addresses issues of structured inequality, has seemed of little relevance to this work. In part this is because I have been centrally concerned with changes concentrated within a broadly defined working class,2 but also because these changes have themselves served to undermine conventional approaches to class analysis (see Morris 1995).