• All that is solid? Class, identity and the maintenance of a collective orientation amongst redundant steelworkers

      Perrett, Robert A.; Forde, C.; Stuart, M.; MacKenzie, R. (2006)
      This article explores the importance of class and collectivism to personal identity, and the role this played during a period of personal and collective crisis created by mass redundancy in the Welsh steel industry. The research findings demonstrate the importance of occupational identity to individual and collective identity formation. The apparent desire to maintain this collective identity acted as a form of resistance to the increased individualization of the post-redundancy experience, but rather than leading to excessive particularism, it served as a mechanism through which class-based thinking and class identity were articulated. It is argued that the continued concern for class identity reflected efforts to avoid submergence in an existence akin to Beck¿s (1992) vision of a class-free `individualized society of employees¿.These findings therefore challenge the notion of the pervasiveness of individualism and the dismissal of class and collective orientations as important influences on identity formation.
    • Redundancy as a critical life event: moving on from the Welsh steel industry through career change

      Gardiner, J.; Stuart, M.; MacKenzie, R.; Forde, C.; Greenwood, I.; Perrett, Robert A. (2009)
      This article investigates the process of moving on from redundancy in the Welsh steel industry among individuals seeking new careers. It identifies a spectrum of career change experience, ranging from those who had actively planned their career change, prior to the redundancies, to those ‘at a career crossroads’, for whom there were tensions between future projects, present contingencies and past identities. It suggests that the process of moving on from redundancy can be better understood if we are able to identify, not just structural and cultural enablers and constraints but also the temporal dimensions of agency that facilitate or limit transformative action in the context of critical life events. Where individuals are located on the spectrum of career change experience will depend on the balance of enabling and constraining factors across the four aspects considered, namely temporal dimensions of agency, individuals’ biographical experience, structural and cultural contexts.
    • Work-life balance and older workers: Employees perspectives on retirement transmissions following redundancy.

      Gardiner, J.; Stuart, M.; Forde, C.; Greenwood, I.; MacKenzie, R.; Perrett, Robert A. (2007)