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From the informal economy to the meaning of informality: developing theory on firms and their workers

From the informal economy to the meaning of informality: developing theory on firms and their workers
From the informal economy to the meaning of informality: developing theory on firms and their workers
The paper lay out some ways in which informality can be understood while also offering a synthesis of knowledge in an emerging area of management scholarship. It does so by exploring the origins of informality and the nature of informality, through two different theoretical tools: ‘workplace sociology’ (WS) and ‘mixed embeddedness’ (ME). This paper reviews empirical material reflecting different aspects of informality mainly within the ethnic economy in the UK and analysed through WS and ME. We argue that bridging these two influential theoretical tools will enhance the way informality has been analysed so far, as well as advancing some feature lines for research, such as explaining variations and patterns within the informal economy, as well as understanding new forms of informality in the ethnic economy and beyond in ‘superdiverse’ contexts.
informal, formal, economy, firm, workers, ethnic economy, mixed embeddedness, workplace sociology, social theory
0144-333X
361-373
Ram, Monder
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Edwards, Paul
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Jones, Trevor
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Villares-Varela, Maria
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Ram, Monder
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Edwards, Paul
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Jones, Trevor
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Villares-Varela, Maria
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Ram, Monder, Edwards, Paul and Jones, Trevor et al. (2017) From the informal economy to the meaning of informality: developing theory on firms and their workers. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 37 (7/8), 361-373. (doi:10.1108/IJSSP-06-2016-0075).

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The paper lay out some ways in which informality can be understood while also offering a synthesis of knowledge in an emerging area of management scholarship. It does so by exploring the origins of informality and the nature of informality, through two different theoretical tools: ‘workplace sociology’ (WS) and ‘mixed embeddedness’ (ME). This paper reviews empirical material reflecting different aspects of informality mainly within the ethnic economy in the UK and analysed through WS and ME. We argue that bridging these two influential theoretical tools will enhance the way informality has been analysed so far, as well as advancing some feature lines for research, such as explaining variations and patterns within the informal economy, as well as understanding new forms of informality in the ethnic economy and beyond in ‘superdiverse’ contexts.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 June 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 11 July 2017
Published date: 7 September 2017
Additional Information: Special Issue: Integrating perspectives in the informal economy
Keywords: informal, formal, economy, firm, workers, ethnic economy, mixed embeddedness, workplace sociology, social theory
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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Local EPrints ID: 401786
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/401786
ISSN: 0144-333X
PURE UUID: 8714a055-c166-4cb4-a900-540525d45865
ORCID for Maria Villares-Varela: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0137-7104

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Date deposited: 19 Oct 2016 15:35
Last modified: 28 Oct 2023 04:35

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Author: Monder Ram
Author: Paul Edwards
Author: Trevor Jones

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