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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

Historical Legacies: Respectability and Responsibility
Historical legacies: Respectability and responsibility

When I first met the women they were doing ‘caring courses’ at a local further education college. These courses, as this chapter and the next show, framed their prior and future caring experiences, and by default their experiences of femininity, feminism, sexuality and class. By consolidating their caring through incitement to particular productions of their ‘selves’ the courses came to exert a long-term effect.

Being framed, constrained and produced are the themes that run throughout this chapter. The historical analysis of the framing of caring and respectability through wider discourses of national insecurity, sexuality and class show how assumptions and fears about the working class in general, and women in particular, became institutionalized in the organization and ...

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