New Zealand is currently in the middle of a lockdown as the country attempts to eliminate COVID-19. With this, only essential services are operating. Much of those essential services are everyday things like public transport or food stores. The workers in these areas are often classified as ‘unskilled’ which brings with it negative connotations about a person’s worth in regard to their work. Hanna Thompson looked into this and spoke with sociologist Campbell Jones about how we define what is skilled and unskilled work.

Campbell Jones is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Auckland. He is an expert in the social and political dynamics of economics and thought.

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