Job loss is one of the most important issues in the capitalist world today: endless reports document the increasing scale of unemployment. This title, first published in 1982, adopted a new approach to the geography of job loss, to assess why redundancy happens and where. Massey and Meegan argue that an increase in dismissal does not necessarily mean that an industry is in decline; rather, it can be the result of a variety of issues, including production for profit and the relationship between industry and location. Throughout the book, discussions about theory and methodology are complemented by industry-based case studies. This title addresses issues of particular relevance to today’s economic climate, and will be particularly valuable to students with an interest in employment and job loss, and industrial labour and profitability.

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Part 1 Introduction

chapter 1|12 pages

The issues

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Part 2 Job loss and production change

chapter 3|32 pages


chapter 4|24 pages

Investment and technical change

chapter 5|34 pages


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Part 4 Conclusions

chapter 10|17 pages

The anatomy of job loss

chapter 11|29 pages

Implications and issues