Portrait of a deindustrialising island
in Revisiting Divisions of Labour
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This chapter explores a way in which Divisions of Labour is a neglected classic, and this is in terms of its attention to the issue of deindustrialisation. Ray Pahl's Sheppey was in many ways an exemplar of deindustrialisation in the UK as it contained within its boundaries many of the complex elements of deindustrialisation, indeed he did describe Sheppey as a 'post-industrial laboratory'. The chapter also explores how Divisions of Labour can throw new light on to debates about both deindustrialisation and the sociology of work in our own time. Deindustrialization ultimately affects family life, the ways in which people age, the extent to which their communities remain intact or fall victim to outmigration, and the very nature of the urban dweller's worldview. The chapter expresses that Pahl makes the distinction between unemployment and deindustrialisation, a more obvious point now, but not quite so clear cut in the early 1980s.

Revisiting Divisions of Labour

The impacts and legacies of a modern sociological classic

Editors: Graham Crow and Jaimie Ellis

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