Reviewing and Renewing Class: The Prospects for a Twenty-first Century Rural Class Analysis

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A practice that has alternately been at the centre and fringes of rural studies, class analysis continues to evoke heated debate regarding its ability to unpack socio-economic relations in the past and present. Taking the position that the concept of ‘class’ continues to have something useful to say, this chapter explores the evolution and place of class analysis in rural studies over the past 50 years. Calling attention to two identified ‘crises’, the chapter goes on to consider the ways in which rural class analysis is being implemented at present, and with particular reference to the influence of concepts of performance and embodiment. In so doing a strong emphasis is placed on the corporeal aspects of inter- and intra-class collaboration and contestation, whereby the personification and ‘playing out’ of moral codes and conventions constitute a determined basis for on-going tensions in contemporary rural communities. Finally, a number of suggestions are made regarding current and future gaps in the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRural Cooperation in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationIn Search of the 'Relational Rurals'
EditorsEdward Kasabov
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781137348890
ISBN (Print)9781137348883
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2014


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