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The Reemergence of Self-Employment : A Comparative Study of Self-Employment Dynamics and Social Inequality - Richard Arum

The Reemergence of Self-Employment

A Comparative Study of Self-Employment Dynamics and Social Inequality

By: Richard Arum (Editor), Walter Mueller (Editor)

Paperback Published: 26th July 2004
ISBN: 9780691117577
Number Of Pages: 480

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This book presents results of a cross-national research project on self-employment in eleven advanced economies and demonstrates how and why the practice is reemerging in modern societies. While traditional forms of self-employment, such as skilled crafts work and shop keeping, are in decline, they are being replaced by self-employment in both professional and unskilled occupations. Differences in self-employment across societies depend on the extent to which labor markets are regulated and the degree to which intergenerational family relationships are a primary factor structuring social organization.

For each of the eleven countries analyzed, the book highlights the extent to which social background, educational attainment, work history, family status, and gender affect the likelihood that an individual will enter--and continue--a particular type of self-employment. While involvement with self-employment is becoming more common, it is occurring for individuals in activities that are more diverse, unstable and transitory than in years past.

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"Inspired and impressive. This will become the standard work on its topic."--John Goldthorpe, Nuffield College, Oxford University

Illustrationsp. vii
Tablesp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Self-Employment Dynamics in Advanced Economiesp. 1
Trends in Self-Employment in Germany: Different Types, Different Developments?p. 36
Entries and Exits from Self-Employment in France over the Last Twenty Yearsp. 75
Dutch Self-Employment between 1980 and 1997p. 104
Self-Employment in the United Kingdom during the 1980s and 1990sp. 135
Entrepreneurs and Laborers: Two Sides of Self-Employment Activity in the United Statesp. 170
Self-Employment in Australia, 1980-1999p. 203
Winners or Losers? Entry and Exit into Self-Employment in Hungary: 1980s and 1990sp. 245
Three Forms of Emergent Self-Employment in Post-Soviet Russia: Entry and Exit Patterns by Genderp. 277
Self-Employment in Italy: Scaling the Class Barriersp. 310
Entry into and Exit from Self-Employment in Japanp. 348
On One's Own: Self-Employment Activity in Taiwanp. 388
The Reemergence of Self-Employment: Comparative Findings and Empirical Propositionsp. 426
Contributors' Notesp. 455
Indexp. 459
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ISBN: 9780691117577
ISBN-10: 0691117578
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 26th July 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68