A Phenomenology of Working-Class Experience (Cambridge by Simon J. Charlesworth

By Simon J. Charlesworth

Charlesworth examines topics of poverty and sophistication by way of targeting a selected town--Rotherham--in South Yorkshire, England, and utilizing the private testimony of deprived those that dwell there, obtained via recorded interviews and conversations. He applies to their existence tales the interpretative instruments of philosophy and social idea, drawing particularly at the paintings of Pierre Bourdieu and Merleau-Ponty. Charlesworth argues the tradition defined during this ebook isn't really certain to Rotherham and the issues pointed out during this e-book can be frequent to economically powerless and politically dispossessed humans far and wide.

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Then she hardened herself to it, and it was a sort of tonic, something to live up against. It was not that she and Clifford were unpopular – they merely belonged to another species altogether from the colliers. Gulf impassable, breach indescribable, such as is perhaps non-existent south of the Trent. But in the Midlands and the industrial North, gulf impassable, across which no communion could take place. – You stick to your side, I’ll stick to mine! – A strange denial of the common pulse of humanity.

This is the place that spontaneously absorbs me because in the flourish of meaning I am carried into an affective reaction which carries me towards an immediacy of a certain kind of relaxed arousal that demands that I am sensitive to the possibilities contained in the situation around me. This is a form of unspoken knowledge of place that exists in manners of comportment that always mark those from ‘the wrong side of the tracks’, the ‘rough part of town’, and all the other euphemisms for people whose bodies betray their origins in poor communities low in status.

First I would like to move on and introduce Rotherham, firstly through a brief history and account of its life and secondly through demographic data. 2 Rotherham: history, demography and place This country had a grim will of its own, and the people had guts . . There was no communication between Wragby Hall and Tevershall village – none. No caps were touched, no curtseys bobbed. The colliers merely stared: the tradesman lifted their caps to Connie as to an acquaintance, and nodded awkwardly to Clifford: that was all.

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