(2013). Cheap chickens and ethical eggs: the place of an English village in the world.
In: Stacey, Jackie and Wolff, Janet eds.
Writing Otherwise: Experiments In Cultural Criticism.
Manchester: Manchester University Press.
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.
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