Cultures of Unemployment: A Comparative Look at Long-Term Unemployment and Urban Poverty

Godfried Engbersen, K. Schuyt, J.S. Timmer, F. van Waarden

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The "cultures"of unemployed people in the United States and abroad are complex, varied, and offer explanatory power when analyzed, as they are here, in a systematic way. The authors use case studies and survey data tot devise a framework for a better understanding of the effects of welfare state policy on the chronically unemployed. They analyze the personal and political worlds behind the social behavior of the unemployed in connection with the generative mechanisms behind the welfare state. Comparing the results of this study with important ethnographic studies conductes in the United States provides unique insight into the differences and similarities between the American welfare state and the Netherlands, a highly developed European welfare state.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherWestview Press
Number of pages277
ISBN (Print)ISBN 13: 9780813386034
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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