Condemned to precarity? Criminalised youths, social enterprise and the sub-precariat

Soppitt, Sarah, Oswald, Rebecca and Walker, Samantha (2022) Condemned to precarity? Criminalised youths, social enterprise and the sub-precariat. Social Enterprise Journal, 18 (3). pp. 470-488. ISSN 1750-8614

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Purpose: The paper aims to consider whether social enterprise, who are growing in number and seemingly a politically popular alternative to mainstream employment are a potential conduit for social change. Discussions relating to the value of (stable) employment in reducing and preventing (re)offending are not new. For many ex-offenders, a multitude of barriers stand between them and access to the labour market. As a potential conduit for social change, social enterprises are a growing and seemingly politically popular alternative to mainstream employment. Design/methodology/approach: Focusing on the qualitative lived experiences of young people (aged between 16 and 18) with criminal convictions enrolled in one such enterprise, this paper examines the extent to which work-integrated social enterprise can assist in overcoming existing barriers to the labour market. Findings: The paper highlights the value of social enterprise(s) in addressing the complex needs and precarities of criminalised youths, promoting social inclusion and assisting with progression into future employment. The paper also discusses the limitations of social enterprise(s) in overcoming external structural barriers to meaningful employment for those with an offending history and the implications for young people who aspire to more than precariat work. Originality/value: Justice-orientated social enterprises are allowing young people with criminal records the opportunity to build social capita and access precarious work, previously unattainable for many. By focusing on the concept of “precarity”, this paper builds upon existing research on the collateral consequences of criminal convictions offering insights into the various challenges facing criminalised youths attempting to build a positive pro-social work identity within contemporary labour markets

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This research draws from data collected as part of a doctoral thesis funded by Northumbria University.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Precariat, Sub-precariatm, Criminalised youths, Collateral consequences
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2022 14:47
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2022 15:15

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