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A Company of One – Insecurity, Independence, and the New World of White-Collar Unemployment - Cornell Scholarship Online
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A Company of One: Insecurity, Independence, and the New World of White-Collar Unemployment

Carrie M. Lane


Being laid off can be a traumatic event. The unemployed worry about how they will pay their bills and find a new job. In the American economy's boom-and-bust business cycle since the 1980s, repeated layoffs have become part of working life. This book finds that the new culture of corporate employment, changes to the job search process, and dual-income marriage have reshaped how today's skilled workers view unemployment. Through interviews with seventy-five unemployed and underemployed high-tech white-collar workers in the Dallas area over the course of the 2000s, the book shows that they have ... More

Keywords: unemployed, American economy, boom and bust, working life, corporate employment, unemployment, temporary jobs, jobseekers, masculinity, breadwinner

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449642
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carrie M. Lane, author
Assistant Professor of American Studies, California State University, Fullerton

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