Hard Lines: Voices from Deep Within a Recession

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Manchester University Press, 1998 - Business & Economics - 242 pages
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This is a book about Britain during a time of "negative de-industrialization". It is not, however, a book about economics or statistics, but about people and the lives they lead in the midst of change and uncertainty. It is about men and women hit by economic forces beyond their control, and getting back up off the canvas, or staying down. It is about being unemployed. It is about trying to get a business off the ground, and living with the risk, and trying to get through the consequences of the failure, or the success. It is about crime and vice and all the other distractions in life. It is about threat and survival, and trying to be somebody at a tune when the green shoots of recovery were still not visible through the stony ground of Northern industrial Britain. It is about what it was like to be there at the sharp end when the foundries and furnaces and the mines all stopped, to see the human cost of negative de-industrialization, to see how some survived.

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Andrew Ellis and Geoffrey Beattie are lecturers in psychology at the Universities of Lancaster and Sheffield respectively. Both the authors have contributed numerous articles to scientific journals and they are both recipients of the British Psychological Society's prestigious Spearman Medal for published psychological work of outstanding merit: Andrew Ellis gained the award in 1982 for his study of cognitive and neuropsychological aspects of language, and Geoffrey Beattie received it in 1984 for his work in psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics.

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