What is it about?

This paper argues that by shackling the future of work to a vision of full employment, alternative futures are closed off. At present, employment creation is seen as the sole route out of poverty. Here, however, we reveal that a complementary additional pathway is to help people to help themselves and each other.

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Why is it important?

To show this, evidence from a survey of 400 households in deprived neighbourhoods of Southampton and Sheffield is reported. This reveals that besides creating job opportunities, measures that directly empower people to improve their circumstances could be a useful complementary initiative to combat social exclusion and open up new futures for work that are currently closed off.


This paper unshackles our imaginations from being confined to a future of work based on full-employment.

Professor Colin C Williams
University of Sheffield

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This page is a summary of: Unshackling the future of work from the ideology of full employment, foresight, August 1999, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/14636689910802232.
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