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Myths, monsters and legends: negotiating an acceptable working class femininity in a marginalised and demonised Welsh locale

Mannay, Dawn ORCID: 2015. Myths, monsters and legends: negotiating an acceptable working class femininity in a marginalised and demonised Welsh locale. Cree, Vivienne E., Clapton, Gary and Smith, Mark, eds. Revisiting Moral Panics, Moral Panics in Theory and Practice, Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 19-29.

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The distinctiveness of Wales, in terms of its political life and culture, has grown considerably over the last decade (Mackey, 2010). Nevertheless, beneath the imagery of the definitive nation, Wales remains a complex and divided land in which a marginalised and demonised working-class has come to characterise areas of Wales dominated by poverty and social exclusion. Such polarisation has a spatial dimension that is illustrated in the creation of new ghettos of prosperity and poverty, which now dominate the Welsh socio-economic terrain, and this ‘stigma of place’ permeates the identities of residents. The chapter begins by considering how moral panics about particular places create ‘spatial folk devils’. The creation of moral panics through political discourses and mediated forms is then explored in terms of contemporary representations. Drawing on research with mothers and their daughters in a marginalised Welsh locale, the chapter examines the ideology of unity alongside the divisions of everyday life, and the ways in which respectable and acceptable working-class femininities are negotiated against a pervasive discourse of lack, stigma and classed moral panics.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: moral panic; folk devils; stigma; space; class; place; femininity; gender; poverty
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 9781447321859
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
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Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 09:36

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