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Long-term ill health and the social embeddedness of work: a study in a post-industrial, multi-ethnic locality

Qureshi, Kaveri and Salway, Sarah and Chowbey, Punita and Platt, Lucinda (2014) Long-term ill health and the social embeddedness of work: a study in a post-industrial, multi-ethnic locality. Sociology of Health and Illness, 36 (7). pp. 955-969. ISSN 0141-9889

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-9566.12128

Abstract

Against the background of an increasingly individualising welfare-to-work regime, sociological studies of incapacity and health-related worklessness have called for an appreciation of the role of history and context in patterning individual experience. This article responds to that call by exploring the work experiences of long-term sick people in East London, a post-industrial, multi-ethnic locality. It demonstrates how the individual experiences of long-term sickness and work are embedded in social relations of class, generation, ethnicity and gender, which shape people's formal and informal routes to work protection, work-seeking practices and responses to worklessness. We argue that this social embeddedness requires greater attention in welfare-to-work policy.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28...
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors. Sociology of Health & Illness © 2014 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/John Wiley & sons Ltd
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I10 - General
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J0 - General > J01 - Labor Economics: General
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2014 10:07
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2014 10:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/55441

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