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Division of Domestic Labour - Gentrification and Working-Class Residents

Laurie Taylor explores the impact of gentrification on working-class residents. He also looks at the division of domestic labour in couples where women are the higher earners.

Gentrification: its impact on working class residents. Laurie Taylor talks to Kirsteen Paton, lecturer in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, about her groundbreaking research in a neighbourhood undergoing urban renewal and improvement. Many such studies have focused on middle class lifestyles rather than the experience of less well off members of the community. Are working class residents inevitably displaced by gentrification and must traditional ways of life always disappear? Or can poorer people re-work the process and gain on their own terms? They're joined by Melissa Butcher, lecturer in Human Geography at Birkbeck, University of London.

Also, 'sharing the load': the division of domestic labour amongst couples where women are the higher earners. Clare Lyonette, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, asks if men do more when they earn less.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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Dr Kirsteen Paton
Lecturer, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

Gentrification: A Working-Class Perspective
Publisher: Ashgate
ISBN-10: 1472418506
ISBN-13: 978-1472418500

Dr Melissa Butcher
Lecturer in Human Geography, Open University

Dissent and Cultural Resistance in Asia's Cities
Melissa Butcher (Editor), Selvaraj Velayutham (Editor)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN-10: 0415665981
ISBN-13: 978-0415665988

Dr Clare Lyonette
Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick

Abstract: Sharing the load? Partners’ relative earnings and the division of domestic labour
Work Employment & Society June 10, 2014
doi: 0950017014523661


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