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Whiteness, class and place in two London suburbs

Mace, Alan ORCID: 0000-0001-9920-8765 (2019) Whiteness, class and place in two London suburbs. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42 (7). 1032 - 1049. ISSN 0141-9870

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01419870.2018.1484502


This article addresses a specific intersection of class, place and whiteness by focusing on distinctions between middle-class owner-occupiers in suburban London. Where whiteness is constructed through association with an imaginary of the unchanging nature of rural England and, in particular, the village, some suburban places provide a more ready village metaphor in support of whiteness than others. In a securely middle-class suburb residents are able to misrecognize their neighbourhood as a village, and beyond the metaphor, report feeling at home in rural England. In a marginal middle-class suburb whiteness is founded on weaker claims to the English village metaphor and, moreover, residents feel less at home in rural England. This article demonstrates the need to go beyond the often made distinction between the tactics of middle class (owner-occupiers) and working class (tenants) by identifying distinctions within the former group.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Informa UK Limited
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2018 09:14
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:27

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