Formations of Class & Gender: Becoming Respectable

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SAGE, Jul 21, 1997 - Social Science - 192 pages
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Explanations of how identities are constructed are fundamental to contemporary debates in feminism and in cultural and social theory. Formations of Class & Gender demonstrates why class should be featured more prominently in theoretical accounts of gender, identity and power. Beverley Skeggs identifies the neglect of class, and shows how class and gender must be fused together to produce an accurate representation of power relations in modern society.

The book questions how theoretical frameworks are generated for understanding how women live and produce themselves through social and cultural relations. It uses detailed ethnographic research to explain how `real' women inhabit and occupy the social and cultural posit

  

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Contents

Processes Frameworks and Motivations
1
Experience and Interpretation
17
Respectability and Responsibility
41
Developing and Monitoring a Caring Self
56
On Not Being Working Class
74
Ambivalent Femininities
98
Becoming Respectably Heterosexual
118
Feminisms
139
Conclusions
160
Bibliography
170
Index
184
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Beverley Skeggs is the editor of The Production of Feminist Cultural Theory (1995); co-author of Issues in Sociology: The Media (with J Mundy); co-author of Workwise (1990) (with G Palmer and M Webb); and also author of numerous journal articles.

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