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Thinking Allowed: Factory music and volunteering post-recession

Updated Friday, 26th June 2015

On this week's programme, Laurie Taylor and guests discuss pop music in worker's culture and how the 2008 recession affected voluntary work. 

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On this week's episode:

Factory music:

The role that popular music plays in workers' culture. Marek Korczynski, Chair in Sociology of Work at the Nottingham University Business School, talks to Laurie Taylor about his study of aBritish factory that manufactures window blinds, revealing how pop music can enliven monotonous work, providing a sense of community as well as moments of resistance to the tyranny of the workplace.


Also volunteering in 'hard times': James Laurence ESRC Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, examines how the 2008-9 recession has affected peoples' willingness to do formal voluntary work as well as informal helping.

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 1st July 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4. For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit

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