Labour market opportunities and welfare-to-work<sup>1</sup>

David M. Smith

in On the margins of inclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346018
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302872 | DOI:
Labour market opportunities and welfare-to-work1

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This chapter addresses how residents of the St. Helier estate in south London have experienced the disruption, within their lifetimes, to the class- and gender-specific routes that provided the transition to adulthood. It notes that this requires an examination of the world as it was for the respondents and upon which their own future lives were premised, before structural changes in the economy and in working practices undermined for many the likelihood of achieving their early expectations. It notes that Charlesworth argues that the fragmentation of working class-cultures has been accompanied by a generational shift, as the earlier reference points in which lives are grounded and class solidarities sustained are replaced with insecurity, anomie, and individualism.

Keywords: St. Helier estate; south London; Charlesworth; working class-cultures; generational shift; insecurity; anomie; individualism

Chapter.  11112 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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