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Visions of England

Kevin Hetherington

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/9781861347961.003.0008
Visions of England

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This chapter includes some reprinted material from New Age travellers, vanloads of uproarious humanity, a book written by Kevin Hetherington. Some of the extracts are edited, and these scrutinise the formations of New Age Traveller identities in Britain during the 1980s and 1990s. The chapter also examines the processes of these identity constructions, and subsequently reveals how notions of ethnicity, class, and rurality are redrawn and intersect to produce a very different narrative of belonging to, and desiring to be in, rural spaces. The discussion chapter stresses that in this narrative, the countryside is more than just the place where composites of identities are rejected and remade. Rather, the countryside is at the heart of the identity-formation process.

Keywords: Kevin Hetherington; New Age Traveller; identities; identity constructions; rural spaces; narrative; composites of identities; identity-formation process

Chapter.  8811 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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