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Redundant Masculinities?: Employment Change and White Working Class Youth

ISBN: 978-1-4051-0585-9
304 pages
August 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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Redundant Masculinities? investigates the links between the so-called 'crisis of masculinity' and contemporary changes in the labour market through the lives of young working class men.
  • Allows the voices of poorly-educated young men to be heard.
  • Looks at how the labour market is changing.
  • Emphasises the social construction of gender and racial identities.
  • Dispels popular myths about the crisis in masculinity.
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List of Plates.

List of Tables.

Preface.

1. Introduction: Young, White, Male and Working Class.

2. The Rise of Poor Work: Employment Restructuring and Changing Class and Gender Identities.

3. The Contemporary Crisis Of Masculinity: It's Hard To Be(Come) A Man or The Problem of/for Boys.

4. Living on The Edge: Marginal Lives In Cambridge and Sheffield.

5. Leaving School: Pathways To Employment and Further Education.

6. Actively Seeking Employment: Committed Workers and Reluctant Learners.

7. Uncertain Transitions: Accidental and Incidental Workers, The Excluded and Escape Attempts.

8. Performing Identity: Protest and Domestic Masculinities.

9. Conclusions: What Is To Be Done About Boys?

Postscript.

Appendix 1: Research Methodology.

Appendix 2: The Participants.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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Linda McDowell is Professor of Geography at University College, London. Her previous publications include Capital Culture: Gender at Work in the City (Blackwells, 1997) and Gender, Identity and Place (1999).
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  • Allows the voices of poorly-educated young men to be heard.

  • Looks at how the labour market is changing.

  • Emphasises the social construction of gender and racial identities.

  • Dispels popular myths about the crisis in masculinity.
See More
"This book will appeal to a wide audience. It so adroitly sums up the state of play in a number of arenas: the contemporary UK economy and the future of work, current debates about gender and identity, the “crisis” of masculinity, and the emerging “problem” of white, working-class boys floundering to hold down jobs and identities that are increasingly ‘redundant’."
--Rosemary Pringle, Professor of Sociology, University of Southampton, UK


"Much has been written about the so-called 'crisis of masculinity' but rarely have its contours been charted in such as precise way and with such clear empathy for those at its cutting edge."
--Peter Jackson, University of Sheffield, UK

"I recommend , and sincerely hope, that this book is widely read, inside and outside academia." (Enviroment and Planning D: Society and Space)

"Linda McDowell has produced a highly readable and accessible book, packed with rich and original empirical data, and written with a lightness of touch that belies the complexity of the theoretical debates pulled together within it. Redundant Masculinities combines an impressive synthesis of contemporary theoretical debates and perspectives, with a thorough empirical methodology to produce a first-class piece of applied research." (Work, Employment and Society)

"McDowell offers a groundbreaking and often intensely sympathetic portrait of the ruptures and fragmentations of white, working class male hegemony under neoliberalism. Through deft use of narrative and analysis, she humanizes masculinity and masculine development in a manner heretofore rarely seen in sociological research." (Area 2005, vol 34/4)

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