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Experiences of white-collar job loss and job-searching in the United States

Rao, Aliya Hamid ORCID: 0000-0003-0674-4206 (2021) Experiences of white-collar job loss and job-searching in the United States. Sociology Compass, 15 (9). ISSN 1751-9020

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Identification Number: 10.1111/soc4.12918


Unemployment is a pervasive and stubborn feature of contemporary social and economic life. This review article focuses on the meaning and experience of contemporary white-collar unemployment in the United States. After explaining the empirical and theoretical rationales for the focus on white-collar workers, this review delves into three aspects of white-collar unemployment: who loses jobs; what unemployment means for one's sense of self, marital relationships, parent-child relationships; and how the process of job-searching and re-employment unfold for unemployed white-collar workers in the US. Throughout, I take an intersectional approach, identifying how sensitivity to structural location in the labor market and the family can augment our sociological understandings of these important issues. I close by suggesting directions for future research.

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Additional Information: © 2021 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2021 09:39
Last Modified: 31 May 2024 01:33

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