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    Health, freedom and work in rural Victoria: The impact of labour market casualisation on health and wellbeing


    McGann, Michael and Moss, Jeremy and White, Kevin (2012) Health, freedom and work in rural Victoria: The impact of labour market casualisation on health and wellbeing. Health Sociology Review, 21 (1). pp. 99-115. ISSN 1446-1242

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    Abstract

    This paper presents the findings of a qualitative study of the impact of casualised and independent contractor work place arrangements on the psycho-social health of 72 workers in regional Victoria. It contributes to our understanding of the crisis in rural Australia in its use of qualitative methods focusing on the impact of work on health and well-being. There is some evidence in the literature that casualised work arrangement enhance the health and well-being of workers by giving them a sense of autonomy and freedom to negotiate their conditions of work. On the other hand, these arrangements may make an already vulnerable group even more vulnerable to uncertain work conditions, poor pay and uncertainty for their future with a significantly negative impact on their health and wellbeing. The results of these interviews support this latter perspective and show that these workers do not experience freedom and autonomy, but rather lowered social status, insecurity and serious limitations to their ability to manage their health, psychological wellbeing and social relations.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: McGann, M., Moss, J., & White, K. (2012). Health, freedom and work in rural victoria: The impact of labour market casualisation on health and wellbeing. Health Sociology Review, 21(1), 99-115. doi:http://dx.doi.org.jproxy.nuim.ie/10.5172/hesr.2012.21.1.99
    Keywords: sociology; health; work; rural; Australia; psychosocial;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 14709
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.5172/hesr.2012.21.1.99
    Depositing User: Michael McGann
    Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2021 16:11
    Journal or Publication Title: Health Sociology Review
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
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