O’Loughlin, Deirdre M, Szmigin, Isabelle, McEachern, Morven G., Barbosa, Belem, Karantinou, Kalipso and Fernández-Moya, María Eugenia (2017) Man Thou Art Dust: Rites of Passage in Austere Times. Sociology, 51 (5). pp. 1050-1066. ISSN 0038-0385

In response to recent calls for further cross-disciplinary research on austerity and a deeper sociological understanding of the impact and aftermath of the economic crisis on individuals and societies, this article builds on extant austerity literature through an exploration of its effects on European men. Informed by theories of liminality and rites of passage, this qualitative investigation examines the experience of austerity from the perspective of 11 men through the three liminal stages of separation, transition and reaggregation and investigates its impact on their identity, responsibilities and expectations. Our findings reveal the negative experiences of alienation and outsiderhood alongside positive experiences of communitas, solidarity and comradeship. The study provides a nuanced understanding of modern male Europeans and their ‘rites of passage’ through austere times

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