Employment and disconnection: cultures of worklessness in neighbourhoods

Del Roy Fletcher

in Community cohesion in crisis?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420244
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301912 | DOI:
Employment and disconnection: cultures of worklessness in neighbourhoods

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This chapter references a historical study of the Manor Estate in Sheffield in order to critique the policy rationales that connect labour-market behaviour to the ‘disconnection’ of deprived communities. The study shows the inadequacy of cultural theories in explaining the social and/or physical isolation of particular populations. The chapter also reveals how modern concerns regarding a crisis in community cohesion ignore similar concerns about neighbourhoods like the Manor Estate in earlier historical periods.

Keywords: Manor Estate; Sheffield; policy rationales; labour market; deprived communities; inadequacy; cultural theories; isolation; modern concerns; community cohesion

Chapter.  7261 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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