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Informalization of Metropolitan Labour Forces: The Case of Irish Immigrants in the New York Construction Industry.

Corcoran, Mary (1991) Informalization of Metropolitan Labour Forces: The Case of Irish Immigrants in the New York Construction Industry. Irish Journal of Sociology.

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Abstract

This paper discusses Sassen's model of informalization in advanced urban economies, and in particular, its applicantion to the construction industry in New York City. The validity of the model is assessed in light of the ethnogmphic accounts of Irish construction workers, mhich deal with both the formal and informal economies within the construction sector. While the findings are generally compatible with Sassen's model, the paper concludes that greater attention needs to be paid to the role of ethnicity as an independent variable operating in the labour market.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Metropolitan Labour Forces; Case of Irish Immigrants; New York; Construction Industry;
Subjects: Social Sciences > Sociology
Item ID: 1211
Depositing User: Prof. Mary Corcoran
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2009 16:04
Journal or Publication Title: Irish Journal of Sociology
Publisher: A & A Farmar
Refereed: Yes
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