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Living and working on the edge: ‘Place precarity’ and the experiences of male manual workers in a U.K. seaside town

Simpson, Ruth, Morgan, Rachel, Lewis, Patricia, Rumens, Nick (2021) Living and working on the edge: ‘Place precarity’ and the experiences of male manual workers in a U.K. seaside town. Population, Space and Place, . ISSN 1544-8444. (doi:10.1002/psp.2447) (KAR id:85854)

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Based on an ethnographic study of male manual workers in Blackpool, a large sea-side town in the UK, and drawing on Bourdieu as a theoretical frame, this article explores the role of place in understanding conditions and experiences of precarity. With higher than average levels of deprivation, sea-side towns have experienced particular employment challenges where precariousness is likely to be at the forefront of male manual workers’ labour market condition. Results highlight the significance of the interplay between place, employment prospects, geographical ‘constriction’ and dispositions of ‘provisionality’ which, together, produce ‘uneven geographies’ of labour. We develop the concept of ‘place precarity’ to show how precarity is fundamentally rooted in the spatial context and to capture how conditions and experiences of precarity interact with localised employment conditions.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/psp.2447
Uncontrolled keywords: precarity, place, class, manual work, Blackpool
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Depositing User: Patricia Lewis
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2021 11:05 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 12:34 UTC
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