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Village People

Katharine Tyler

in The new countryside?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9781861347961
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303916 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347961.003.0006
Village People

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This chapter identifies a set of white middle-class discourses and practices that justify the marginalisation of wealthy and lower-class Asian residents from participation in the social networks and activities that make up the patterns of the imagined ‘village’ community. It then studies the twists and turns that form the apparent ‘acceptance’ of middle-class white residents of the Asian family who own and run a shop in the area. The chapter also scrutinises their perceptions of the supposed ‘social isolation’ of the minority of very wealthy Asian residents who are located in the most prosperous area of the ‘village’.

Keywords: marginalisation; white middle class; Asian residents; social networks; social activities; imagined village community; social isolation

Chapter.  7716 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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