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Builders and Musicians

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 18 July 2012

Building workers constitute between five and ten per cent of the total labour market in almost every country. We rely on them to construct the infrastructure of our societies yet we know little about their culture. The sociologist, Darren Thiel, talks to Laurie Taylor about his study into their every day lives on a London construction site.

Also, drawing on research with musicians in the North East of England, Dr Susan Coulson finds that co-operation, creativity and entrepreneurship make uneasy bedfellows.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • Dr Darren Thiel

    Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex

    Builders: Class, gender and ethnicity in the construction industry
    Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition
    ISBN-10: 0415688647
    ISBN-13: 978-0415688642

    Find out more about Darren Thiel
  • Dr Susan Coulson

    Teaching Fellow in Sociology in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University

    Paper: “Collaborating in a competitive world: musicians’ working lives and understandings of entrepreneurship”
    doi: 10.1177/0950017011432919
    Work Employment & Society April 2012 vol. 26 no. 2 246-261

    Find out more about Susan Coulson
  • Dr Mike Jones

    Lecturer in music at the University of Liverpool

    Find out more about Mike Jones


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