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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_US
dc.identifier.other PURE: 161137 en_US
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/6779 en_US
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_US
dc.format.extent 11 en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Rural Studies en_US
dc.subject Middle classes en_US
dc.subject New squirearchy en_US
dc.subject Culture en_US
dc.subject Performance en_US
dc.subject Symbolic boundaries en_US
dc.title The new squirearchy and emergent cultures of the new middle classes in rural areas en_US
dc.contributor.pbl Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en_US
dc.contributor.pbl New Political Geographies en_US

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