Informal, but not ‘an economy’
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This chapter describes the change as driven by a complex combination of technical, economic and regulatory circumstances. It focuses unambiguously on an example of non-linearity in the form of a reversal of the self-servicing trend, discussing, admittedly in somewhat economics-driven terms, and certainly somewhat prematurely, the influence of the internet. The chapter expresses that this would lead to a range of new formal economy jobs, ranging from the obvious software engineering, to the then less-obvious category of new paid employment substituting for unpaid informal economy work. For example the paid home delivery jobs substituting for shoppers' trips to supermarkets, which would result from a growth in computer-based home shopping. The chapter also expresses Ray's conclusion that 'households still need substantial amounts of money in order to engage in self-service activity'. It mentions the longer-term influence of Ray's work on research into households and work in British social science.

Revisiting Divisions of Labour

The impacts and legacies of a modern sociological classic

Editors: Graham Crow and Jaimie Ellis

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