Morris dancers, matriarchs and paperbacks: Doing the village in contemporary Britain

Goodwin-Hawkins, Bryonny ORCID: 0000-0002-9399-5486 (2016) Morris dancers, matriarchs and paperbacks: Doing the village in contemporary Britain. Ethnography, 17 (3). pp. 309-325. doi:10.1177/1466138115609378

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To call a place rural is to categorize it as a particular kind of place and, often, to presume that particular kinds of being innately occur there. Over the past 20 years, however, trends in British rural studies have problematized easy ascription; this article is an ethnographic contribution within those trends. If it is no longer adequate to read the rural as a container for being, then, as I contend here, rurality can be explored anew through doing. I draw upon David Matless’s (1994) frame of ‘doing the village’ representationally, and amplify it to include concepts of place as representational and relational. I thus use ‘doing’ to read the multiple ways in which diverse residents in a Northern England village engage with both their real locality and with nationally shared rural imaginings.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rurality; Rural studies; Britain; Place; Imagination; Representation
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2020 15:49
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 16:45

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