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Being Unemployed in Northern Ireland: An Ethnographic Study
     

Being Unemployed in Northern Ireland: An Ethnographic Study

by Leo E. A. Howe
 
This is the first 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. Dr. Howe shows how the experience of unemployment is shaped

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This is the first 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. Dr. Howe shows how the experience of unemployment is shaped both by local factors--the historical development of industry in Northern Ireland, the sectarian divide between Catholics and Protestants, and the role of the Northern Ireland state--and by factors 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. Another important facet of this study is the situation in Belfast. By addressing the intertwined problems of religion, ethnicity, poverty and politics, it contributes to our understanding of the urban sectarian divide in Northern Ireland.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521382397
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/18/1990
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

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