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Fragmenting Societies? : A Comparative Analysis of Regional and Urban Development - David C. Thorns

Fragmenting Societies?

A Comparative Analysis of Regional and Urban Development

Hardcover Published: 16th July 2005
ISBN: 9780415041355
Number Of Pages: 332

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In "Fragmenting Societies," David Thorns questions whether present changes in capitalist societies are forces of fragmentation. Through a comparative historical analysis of Australia, New Zealand and Britain, he examines the restructuring of the workforce, the shift towards more flexible work practices, the rise in unemployment, the growth of individualism, the diversification of regions and localities, and the creation of new social formations. Thorns challenges both the more economistic versions of the New International Division of Labour thesis and the ethnocentrism of much contemporary debate on regional change. He argues for an approach based on the distinct experiences of localities, regions and nation states. Detailed empirical data covering such topics as economic trends, employment patterns, regional diversity, state sector restructuration, consumption, home ownership, and local resistances and responses to change is provided for Australia, Britain, and New Zealand.

Prefacep. x
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
The New International Division of Labourp. 19
Economic and Employment Changesp. 58
The Nation Statep. 101
Regions and Bargaining Powerp. 137
Restructuring of State Provisionsp. 181
Home Ownership and Consumption Sectorsp. 209
Locality as a Social Basep. 247
Reassessment of Debate and Prospects for the Futurep. 274
Notesp. 289
Bibliographyp. 293
Name Indexp. 311
Subject Indexp. 315
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ISBN: 9780415041355
ISBN-10: 041504135X
Series: International Library of Sociology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 16th July 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1