Workers Not Wasters

Workers Not Wasters : Masculinity, Social Status and Respectability in Central Scotland

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"Workers Not Wasters" looks at the central issues of masculine respectability and regular employment. It describes the employment ethic in a small community in industrial Scotland and explores how men retain their self-esteem in a period of mass unemployment. Consumption, particularly of alcohol, becomes a sign of social status with the result that poverty is seen as almost the worst consequence of unemployment. This study describes men's strategies developed to cope with poverty - some illegal, others less dangerous - and provides a partial ethnography of working class consumption. Based on participant observation, this book provides a view into the cultural factors governing a community's response to more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 142.2 x 215.9 x 22.9mm | 430.92g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748604448
  • 9780748604449