Lives beyond suspicion: Gender and the Construction of Respectability in Mid Twentieth Century Rural North Wales

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Show simple item record Brown, Brian J. Baker, Sally Day, Graham 2011-11-18T11:46:42Z 2011-11-18T11:46:42Z 2011-10-01
dc.identifier.citation Brown, B., Baker, S. and Day, G.A.S. (2011) Lives beyond suspicion: Gender and the construction of respectability in mid 20th century rural North Wales. Sociologia Ruralis, 51 (4) pp. 370-386 en
dc.identifier.issn 1467-9523
dc.description A contribution to the historical sociology of Wales en
dc.description.abstract This paper explores and extends the field of historical rural sociology using the idea of respectability via a biographical study of twenty older adults from north Wales (UK) for whom the performance of respectability represented a form of social, symbolic or cultural capital. It entailed the active negotiation and management of barriers between differing constituencies of opinion, generations and family members. Key to this situated respectability in practice was the notion that harsher systems of exclusion for transgressors were located elsewhere, rather than in the present or immediate community. The sense of the past evoked by participants highlights an historical, diachronic dimension to respectability. A particularised, carefully constructed image of the past was present in participants’ evocations of respectability, providing a way of talking about identity and historical progression, as well as a means of managing potentially contentious events to preserve the dignity of the people concerned. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Wiley Blackwell en
dc.subject Wales en
dc.subject historical sociology en
dc.subject Bourdieu en
dc.subject social capital en
dc.subject respectability en
dc.title Lives beyond suspicion: Gender and the Construction of Respectability in Mid Twentieth Century Rural North Wales en
dc.type Article en
dc.researchgroup Participation & Social Justice
dc.researchgroup Psychology
dc.researchgroup Health Policy
dc.researchgroup Mary Seacole Research Centre
dc.researchgroup Health Policy Research Unit
dc.peerreviewed Yes en

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