Do South Africa's unemployed constitute an underclass?

 

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dc.contributor.author Seekings, Jeremy
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-25T08:29:17Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-25T08:29:17Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation Seekings, J. (2003). Do South Africa's unemployed constitute an underclass?. Centre for Social Science Research: University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19165
dc.description.abstract High rates of long-term unemployment pose difficulties for the mapping of the class structure. In South Africa, the high rate of long-term unemployment raises the question of whether or not the unemployed constitute a separate class or underclass. An underclass should only be distinguished if it has some theoretical foundation (i.e. the members of this class share some systematic disadvantage) and empirical consequence (i.e. that membership of this class is associated with experiences or attitudes that differ from those associated with membership of other classes). In South Africa, evidence from the mid-1990s suggests that, at the end of the apartheid era, one section of the unemployed suffered systematic disadvantage in terms of access to employment. Given that people get jobs in South Africa primarily through friends and family, people without such social capital are relegated to an especially disadvantaged position in the labour market and society in general. Some but not all of the unemployed can be located within an underclass defined in terms of acute disadvantage. The limited evidence available suggests that these unemployed people and their dependants constitute an 'underclass', experiencing more acute poverty, worse living conditions and less satisfaction with their lives than the members of other classes (including other unemployed people who do not fall into the underclass). en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
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dc.title Do South Africa's unemployed constitute an underclass? en_ZA
dc.type Working Paper en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-04-25T08:27:52Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Research paper en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR) en_ZA
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