Drawing on ethnographic field research in the housing projects of the French city of Limoges, Yearning to Labor chronicles the everyday struggles of a group of young people as they confront unemployment at more than triple the national rate. John P. Murphy illuminates how the global spread of neoliberal ideologies and practices is experienced firsthand by contemporary urban youths.
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John P. Murphy is an assistant professor of French at Gettysburg College.
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1. On Edge: (Un)Employment and the Bad Reputation of Limoges's Outer City
2. Longing for Yesterday: The Social Uses of Nostalgia in a Climate of Job Insecurity
3. Jobs for At-Risk Youth: State Intervention, Solidarite, and the Fight against Exclusion
4. Burning Banlieues: Race, Economic Insecurity, and the 2005 Riots
5. Precariat Rising? Articulating Social Position around the 2006 CPE Protests
6. Banlieue Blues: Grappling with Galere
"Yearning to Labor makes a major contribution to our understanding not only of contemporary France but also of the effects of persistent underemployment and short-term employment on youth identities and selfhood."-Andrea L. Smith, professor of anthropology at Lafayette College and author of Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Europe: Maltese Settlers in Algeria and France ? -- Andrea L. Smith "Yearning to Labor represents an original and important contribution to urban sociology and literature dealing with the social effects of economic decline and austerity as well as sociological studies of the labor market. . . . It reflects an acute sensitivity to social and economic dynamics."-Mark Vail, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Murphy Institute for Political Economy at Tulane University and the author of Recasting Welfare Capitalism: Economic Adjustment in Contemporary France and Germany -- Mark Vail
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