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This essay grew out of an empirical study of a village in Southern England which, from its inception, was a fraught and emotionally entangled undertaking. I was born in this place and have retained a strong connection to it through my family. I soon found, however, that my attempts to think analytically were blocked by my own contradictory feelings: an umbilical pull to house and land tempered by alienation from what was becoming, in my lifetime, an increasingly homogenous and suburbanized enclave. Childhood memories of people, events
and spaces provided a reservoir from which I could draw selectively, but having shaken the dust off my shoes so long ago I had lost any sense of belonging to a community.
|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Copyright Holders:||2013 Vron Ware|
|Keywords:||rural; landscape; life-writing; agriculture; local history; Englishness; poultry|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)|
|Depositing User:||Vron Ware|
|Date Deposited:||21 Nov 2012 12:51|
|Last Modified:||18 Feb 2014 03:58|
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