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Title: New Insights into Informal Migrant Employment: Hand Car Washes in a Mid-Sized English City
Authors: Clark, Ian A.
Colling, Trevor
First Published: 30-Sep-2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US), Uppsala University, Sweden, Department of Economic History
Citation: Economic and Industrial Democracy, September 30, 2016 0143831X16669840
Abstract: This article provides new analytical insight into migrant labour by examining a newly emergent low-margin sector, hand car washes (HCWs). The sector is co-created by pressures from above in the form of economic restructuring and from below by employers and migrants who diffuse fluid and flexible low-wage employment. The diffusion of HCWs demonstrates how exploitative privatized employment generates autonomous economic growth in the unregulated economy. The formal and informal economies are however interlinked and overlapping within and beyond the labour process. Locally, HCWs have the potential to become the established car wash sector, putting regulated outlets in a state of uncertainty as informalization in employment if not business practice becomes the norm.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0143831X16669840
ISSN: 0143-831X
eISSN: 1461-7099
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2016. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( ), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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