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The inaccessible city? : a profile of the Vauxhall ward labour market, Liverpool.

Tunnah, E J (1998) The inaccessible city? : a profile of the Vauxhall ward labour market, Liverpool. Doctoral thesis, Liverpool John Moores University.

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Over recent years much research has been conducted which examines the
consequences of economic and social restructuring on different localities. Arguably, few
places have experienced these processes to such detrimental affect as the Vauxhall ward
in north Liverpool, which possesses one of the highest levels of unemployment in the
country. During 1990 I was employed by the Eldonian Development Trust to conduct a
skills survey of the population of Vauxhall, as a community led attempt to redress this
This thesis combines detailed analysis of the skills audit, entitled the Vauxhall Job Link
Survey, with the results of a complementary, qualitative research approach, in an attempt
to understand why such a large proportion of the area's population are excluded from paid
employment. To develop its arguments the research also draws extensively on a variety
of secondary data sources. The findings of the research are related to existing labour
market and social polarisation theories. The thesis reveals that the dual processes of
deindustrialisation and counterurbanisation have led to a small, residual population
remaining in Vauxhall, which is poorly placed to compete for the limited number of job
opportunities arising in the city. Detailed analysis by gender reveals that the position of
many women is particularly poor. It is propounded that one reason for this is the particular
patriarchal relationship that has developed in the area over the last two centuries, with
very clearly defined roles of male and female economic activity.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2016 12:00
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 23:27
DOI or ID number: 10.24377/LJMU.t.00004951
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4951
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