The new squirearchy and emergent cultures of the new middle classes in rural areas

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dc.contributor.author Heley, Jesse
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-19T11:41:06Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-19T11:41:06Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10
dc.identifier.citation Heley , J 2010 , ' The new squirearchy and emergent cultures of the new middle classes in rural areas ' Journal of Rural Studies , vol 26 , no. 4 , pp. 321-331 . , 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2010.03.002 en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 161137
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/6779
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6779
dc.description Heley, J. (2010). The new squirearchy and emergent cultures of the new middle classes in rural areas. Journal of Rural Studies, 26(4), 321-331. Sponsorship: postgraduate research studentship provided by Aberystwyth University en
dc.description.abstract In part prompted by a recent spate of media reports this paper explores the emergence of a ‘new squirearchy’ in the English countryside. In doing so, it aims to both illuminate a particular facet of rural social life and help reignite interest in the cultures of rural class. Whilst relationships between rural class and culture were a source of excitement during the 1990s, much of this interest has apparently spluttered if not died, despite class itself remaining very much a live issue for rural dwellers. The paper draws on the findings of an in-depth ethnographic study to highlight the significance of performance and symbolic boundary-marking in the construction and reproduction of social identity. The focus is the activities and sites of ‘the pub’, ‘the hunt’ and ‘the shoot’, which have been key in the emergence of the new squirearchy in the study area. The paper shows the importance of lay classifications based on evaluations of cultural (in)competence and morality, and suggests that the performance and boundary-marking of the new squirearchy in tandem with other identities is evidence of a more extensive, complex and ambiguous ‘culture of middle-classness’ in rural areas. en
dc.format.extent 11 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Rural Studies en
dc.subject Middle classes en
dc.subject New squirearchy en
dc.subject Culture en
dc.subject Performance en
dc.subject Symbolic boundaries en
dc.title The new squirearchy and emergent cultures of the new middle classes in rural areas en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2010.03.002
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution New Political Geographies en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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