The Uneven Geographies of Informal Economic Activities: A Case Study of Two British Cities

Work, Employment and Society, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 231-250, 2002

21 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2013

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Colin Williams

University of Sheffield - School of Management

Jan E. Windebank

University of Sheffield - Department of French

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

This paper explores the uneven geographies of informal economic activities. Drawing upon 511 interviews conducted in higher- and lower-income neighbourhoods of one affluent and one deprived city in Britain, we explore whether the capabilities of households to perform necessary work and household work practices vary across space. We reveal not only the ways in which household work capabilities and practices vary between areas but also the complex spatial variations in the extent, character and reasons for households participating in self-provisioning, mutual aid and paid informal work. To conclude, we explore the implications of our findings both for understanding uneven development and for policy-making.

Keywords: informal economy, informal sector, economic sociology, economic geography

JEL Classification: O17

Suggested Citation

Williams, Colin and Windebank, Jan E., The Uneven Geographies of Informal Economic Activities: A Case Study of Two British Cities (2002). Work, Employment and Society, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 231-250, 2002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2286995

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