Yearning to Labour? Working-Class Men in Post-Industrial Britain

  • Darren Nixon
Part of the Global Masculinities book series (GLMAS)


This chapter documents and explains working-class men’s labour market difficulties in contemporary postindustrial, service-dominated labour markets in Britain. After first discussing longstanding historical associations between gender, skill and work with a particular focus on constructions of working-class masculinity, it explores in more detail why and how deindustrialization and economic restructuring over several decades have increasingly problematized the labour market participation of working-class men. The chapter then moves on to discuss the experiences of particularly disadvantaged low-skilled and poorly qualified unemployed men struggling to find work in contemporary Britain. It is suggested that recent economic restructuring and welfare reform has actually exacerbated the marginalization of the most disadvantaged men. In concluding, the chapter reflects on the consequences of these shifts for different groups of working-class men and constructions of working-class masculinity.


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