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Moving Histories of Class and Community
Identity, Place and Belonging in Contemporary England
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
08 Apr 2009
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£66.00
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9780230219939
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01 Mar 2011
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£21.99
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9780230295384
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White working class areas are often seen as entrenched and immobile, threatened by the arrival of 'outsiders'. This major new study of class and place since 1930 challenges accepted wisdom, demonstrating how emigration as well as shorter distance moves out of such areas can be as suffused with emotion as moving into them. Both influence people's sense of belonging to the place they live in.
 
Using oral histories from residents of three social housing estates in Norwich, England, the book also tells stories of the appropriation of and resistance to state discoruses of community; and of ambivalent, complex and shifting class relations and identities. Material poverty has been a constant in the area, but not for all residents, and being classed as 'poor' is an identity that some actively resist.  
 
This paperback edition includes a Preface by Lynsey Hanley, author of Estates: An Intimate History, and a new Conclusion by the authors.


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White working class areas are often seen as entrenched and immobile, threatened by the arrival of 'outsiders'. This major new study of class and place since 1930 challenges accepted wisdom, demonstrating how emigration as well as shorter distance moves out of such areas can be as suffused with emotion as moving into them. Both influence people's sense of belonging to the place they live in.
 
Using oral histories from residents of three social housing estates in Norwich, England, the book also tells stories of the appropriation of and resistance to state discoruses of community; and of ambivalent, complex and shifting class relations and identities. Material poverty has been a constant in the area, but not for all residents, and being classed as 'poor' is an identity that some actively resist.  
 
This paperback edition includes a Preface by Lynsey Hanley, author of Estates: An Intimate History, and a new Conclusion by the authors.


Reviews





'I will certainly be adding the book to reading lists' - Sue Child, Times Higher Education 
 
'a thought-provoking, well-written and at times 'moving' analysis of living in contemporary social housing' - Journal of Social Policy
 
'If you are trying to understand how class is enacted in contemporary provincial England, then this rich and challenging text should be a starting point' - Political Geography 

'a fascinating and important study.' - Robert J. C. Young, Julius Silver Professor of English and Comparative Literature, New York University, USA

'a unique and important contribution to the recently revitalised area of class analysis.' - Professor Beverley Skeggs, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

'approaches the emotionality and significance of the residents' own 'moving' stories with great insight and sensitivity.' - Professor Alistair Thomson, Monash University, Australia

'This book is a vital addition to the burgeoning New Working Class Studies movement.' - Don Mitchell, Distinguished Professor of Geography, Syracuse University, USA
 
 
'a fine-grained ethnographic account of three housing estates in Norwich...Class continues to count.' - Sociology
 
'This book...needs to be read by academics, students, social policymakers, politicians and community activists alike who may be, or rather should be, concerned with present-day community conflicts and their marginalising effects...it offers a welcome and refreshing antidote to the pathologisation and criminalisation of social problems evident in much present-day political and academic discourse.' - Social Policy & Administration 
 
 

  



 



Contents

Acknowledgements
Lists of Figures, Maps and Photographs
Abbreviations
Foreword to paperbak edition by Lynsey Hanley
Introduction: Moving Histories
Place
Interlude: Tom Crowther (1929-2006)
Poverty
State
Class
Interlude: Flo Smith
Moves
Conclusion
Bibliography


Authors

BEN ROGALY teaches in the Department of Geography, University of Sussex, UK.

BECKY TAYLOR is Lecturer in History at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.