Unemployment Under Capitalism: The Sociology Of British And American Labour Markets

Hardcover | February 1, 1986

byD. N. Ashton

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The author contends that the level and types of unemployment that occur in contemporary advanced capitalist societies are the result of the intended and unintended consequences of human actions. Arguing that unemployment is a predictable consequence of the ways in which work is organized within and between societies, he attacks the view that unemployment is either the result of impersonal, uncontrollable market forces or of the personal characteristics of these individuals or groups. Neither of these positions provides an adequate basis for an understanding of the problem. Using theories of labor market segmentation that are relatively recent in origin, Ashton offers a new framework for the analysis of this problem. Based on his analysis, he concludes that a low job-creation rate is a major cause of unemployment and discusses strategies that have been used successfully by governments to generate enough jobs.

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The author contends that the level and types of unemployment that occur in contemporary advanced capitalist societies are the result of the intended and unintended consequences of human actions. Arguing that unemployment is a predictable consequence of the ways in which work is organized within and between societies, he attacks the vie...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:225 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:February 1, 1986Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313252017

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?The book is written in such a way as to be of interest to the intermediate student and to the interested general reader. The style is quite readable, and the index and bibliography are sufficiently complete that readers desiring further information will have few problems continuing their research.?-Choice