TIME-SHARE BOYS IN TENERIFE
Laurie Taylor talks to Esther Bott, Research Associate at the University of Nottingham who as part of her PhD spent a year studying the pressurised lifestyle of the Timeshare Boys in Tenerife.
What makes young Britons migrate to long days, late nights and the stress of convincing happy couples on holiday, that what they really need is a property in the sun?
Having studied the theory of migration Esther was particularly interested in this group because they are an anomaly. Migration literature often focuses on a push-pull, from East to West, or on a particular type of economic migrant.
Timeshare selling, on the other hand, raises a number of sociological questions about employment relations, as well as about the boundaries between work and leisure, and between production and consumption.
Esther describes the Timeshare Boys as having a form of non-standard, freelance-style employment, and discusses ways in which this employment relation serves the industry as a whole. It also points to the risks and costs carried by workers who sell timeshare,
If the stereotypes are to be believed, men either don’t talk very much, or talk compulsively and competitively about sport, cars and their latest drinking exploits.
To find out if these stereotypes accurate, Laurie Taylor is joined by Jennifer Coates, Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Surrey, Roehampton alongside journalist and broadcaster, Michael Holden.
What do men talk about? Do they talk differently when they are with other men? With Euro 2004 currently monopolising conversations down the pub, Laurie also asks if there is more to men’s conversation than drinking and football.
Research Associate, University of Nottingham
Professor Jennifer Coates
Professor of English Language & Linguistics at the University of Surrey, Roehampton
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