Class Habitus and Perception of the Future: Recession, Employment Insecurity and Temporality

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Abstract

This paper examines the consequences of the recent economic downturn and UK government spending cuts, as exacerbations of prevailing trends in neoliberal employment policy, on temporal perception, specifically as it relates to the adaptation of subjective anticipations of and projections into the future to objective prospects of unemployment by class. Grounded in a phenomenologically-minded Bourdieusian conceptualisation of class and time and contextualised by statistics on chances of job loss, it draws on qualitative research with 57 individuals from across the class structure to chart differing dispositions toward the future. In particular, it distinguishes three orientations – the future as controllable, the future as uncontrollable, or precarious, and the future as reasonably controllable – which appear to correspond with resources possessed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-661
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology
Volume64
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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