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Dr George Ackers

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Biography

Dr George Karl Ackers is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Portsmouth which he joined in 2013, before this he studied Sociology at Roehampton University, followed by an MA in Social Policy from the University of Nottingham. Completed in 2017 His PhD is on the sociology of work and entitled, ‘De-industrialisation and Masculine Work Identity in the Former Naval Repair Community of Medway, Kent’, with a full studentship funded by Huddersfield University. This study examines the impact of de-industrialisation on masculine work identity for generations of Medway men.

Research Interests

George's intellectual interests centre on the sociology of work and how processes such as deindustrialisation affect ordinary peoples working lives, sense of identity and community. His PhD thesis stresses skilled men's ability to carefully adapt to and navigate the transition from industrial to post-industrial work. A topic he has published on in the journal article: George Karl Ackers (2014): Rethinking deindustrialisation and male career crisis, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. His most recent paper: George Karl Ackers (2018) Craft as work-life unity: the careers of skilled working class men and their sons and grandsons after deindustrialisation, Gender, Work & Organization, explores the continued significance of craft as a means for men to understand both their paid and domestic work as a meaningful and unified career. George is currently starting a new study of female trade workers who lost their jobs at the Portsmouth Dockyard as a result of deindustrialisation. A project that will provide an original perspective that allows the study of deindustrialisation to move beyond framing men as the norm.  George has further interests in the topic of:

• work and employment

• masculinities and identity

• age, intergenerational research and oral histories 

• craft and D.I.Y

Recent publication 

George Karl Ackers (2018) Craft as work-life unity: the careers of skilled working class men and their sons and grandsons after deindustrialisation, Gender, Work & Organization DOI:10.1111/gwao.12316

George Karl Ackers (2018):The Home Maintenance of Working-Class Identity After  Deindustrialization Posted on April 16, 2018 by Working-Class Perspectives: https://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/the-home-maintenance-of-working-class-identity-after-deindustrialization/

George Karl Ackers (2014): Rethinking deindustrialisation and male career crisis, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, DOI:10.1080/03069885.2014.920077 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2014.920077

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