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dc.contributor.authorBrown, Brian J.
dc.contributor.authorBaker, Sally
dc.contributor.authorDay, Graham
dc.identifier.citationBrown, 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. 370-386en
dc.descriptionA contribution to the historical sociology of Walesen
dc.description.abstractThis 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.publisherWiley Blackwellen
dc.subjecthistorical sociologyen
dc.subjectsocial capitalen
dc.titleLives beyond suspicion: Gender and the Construction of Respectability in Mid Twentieth Century Rural North Walesen
dc.researchgroupParticipation & Social Justice
dc.researchgroupHealth Policy
dc.researchgroupMary Seacole Research Centre
dc.researchgroupHealth Policy Research Unit
dc.researchinstituteInstitute of Health, Health Policy and Social Careen
dc.researchinstituteMary Seacole Research Centreen

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