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Myths, monsters and legends: negotiating an acceptable working class femininity in a marginalised and demonised Welsh locale

Mannay, Dawn 2013. Myths, monsters and legends: negotiating an acceptable working class femininity in a marginalised and demonised Welsh locale. Presented at: Revisiting moral panics: a critical examination of 21st century social issues and anxieties - ESRC Seminar Series - Moral Panics and the State, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 22 November 2013.

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Abstract

The distinctiveness of Wales, in terms of its political life and culture, has grown considerably over the last decade. Nevertheless, beneath the imagery of the definitive nation, Wales remains a complex and divided land in which a marginalised and demonised working class has come to characterise areas of Wales dominated by poverty and social exclusion. Such polarisation has a spatial dimension that is illustrated in the creation of new ghettos of prosperity and poverty, which now dominate the Welsh socio-economic terrain; and this stigma of place permeates the identities of residents. Drawing on research with mothers and their daughters in a marginalised Welsh locale, this paper explores the ideology of unity alongside the divisions of everyday life; and the ways in which respectable and acceptable working class femininities are negotiated against a pervasive discourse of lack, stigma and classed moral panics.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:16
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/57932

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