Being Unemployed in Northern Ireland: An Ethnographic Study

Being Unemployed in Northern Ireland: An Ethnographic Study

by Leo E. A. Howe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521102871

ISBN-13: 9780521102872

Pub. Date: 03/12/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Age-old ideas about the deserving and undeserving poor are still pervasive in our society. Stereotypes of the scrounger and the malingerer, and the widespread belief that much joblessness is voluntary, continue to constitute the ideological basis of conservative social policy on unemployment and poverty. In this study of unemployment in Belfast, Dr Howe successfully…  See more details below

Overview

Age-old ideas about the deserving and undeserving poor are still pervasive in our society. Stereotypes of the scrounger and the malingerer, and the widespread belief that much joblessness is voluntary, continue to constitute the ideological basis of conservative social policy on unemployment and poverty. In this study of unemployment in Belfast, Dr Howe successfully refutes some of the widely held myths about the black economy, the welfare benefit system and the so-called culture of dependency. This is a major ethnography of unemployment and the first community-based book on contemporary unemployment in the United Kingdom. It is an account of the social, psychological and material circumstances of working-class, long-term unemployed married men in both Catholic and Protestant communities in Belfast. Dr Howe shows how the experience of unemployment is shaped both by local factors and by factors that are more generally characteristic of industrial societies. These include the bureaucratic administration of welfare benefits, the exploitation of opportunities in the black economy and the conflict between those with and those without jobs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521102872
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/12/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. The political economy of Northern Ireland and the anthropology of sectarianism; 3. Doing the double in Belfast: the general picture; 4. Doing the double or doing without; 5. The 'deserving' and the 'undeserving': administrative practice in a social security office; 6. Claimants and the claiming process: the reluctant claimant; 7. Claimants and the claiming process: the assertive claimant; 8. The employed and the unemployed: conflict, discourse and ideology; 9. Conclusion; Notes; References; Index.

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