12th August 2009 Work Identity and Worklessness

For years soci­ol­o­gists have been telling us that iden­ti­ties in late moder­nity are fluid, not fixed, and that they’re based in our con­sumer lifestyles not our work (Ran­some, 2005). Bau­man (1995) says that what marks out the poor is not the absence of paid work but their fail­ure to con­sume (or to con­sume in the…

8th August 2009 Small Businesses in Recession

Well, let’s sup­port the small busi­ness, not these giants of cor­po­rate cap­i­tal­ism which have spread like bindweed and trans­formed the myth­i­cal high-street into iden­tikit Any­where Road. So yeah, let’s stick it to The Man and sup­port the small retailer. She’s got an idio­syn­cratic col­lec­tion of stock, she’s put her have-a-go heart and soul into the…