The Tail of the Tiger: Experiences and perceptions of unemployment and inactivity in Donegal

Shuttleworth, Ian and Kitchin, Rob and Shirlow, Peter and McDonagh, John (2000) The Tail of the Tiger: Experiences and perceptions of unemployment and inactivity in Donegal. Irish Geography, 33 (1). pp. 56-73. ISSN 0075-0778

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The experiences and perceptions of registered and 'hidden' unemployed people in Donegal are explored through an examination of survey data collected from 620 respondents between May and August 1997. This data set, consisting of both quantitative and qualitative information, is valuable because it explores unemployment and possible solutions from unemployed people's perspectives, and also investigates 'hidden' unemployment. It also provides some insights into social exclusion and the extent to which the 'Celtic Tiger' has benefited all parts of Irish society. Analyses are restricted to the quantitative aspects of the dataset and the discussion is divided into three main themes: labour market histories and experiences of unemployment; education and training; and perceptions of the labour market. In the last section of the paper the various findings are drawn together and summary recommendations are made concerning the actions that local agencies, as opposed to central Government, might undertake in order to tackle the causes and consequences of unemployment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final and definitive form of this article, the Version of Record, has been published in Irish Geography [2000] [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: DOI:
Keywords: unemployment; social exclusion; Donegal; Ireland;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 3921
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2012 15:18
Journal or Publication Title: Irish Geography
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes

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