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
Chapter 5: (Dis)Identifications of Class: On Not Being Working Class
(Dis)Identifications of Class: On Not Being Working Class
Class is a communist concept. It groups people as bundles and sets them against one another. (Margaret Thatcher, Guardian, 22 April 1992)
Why do they take their class position so personally? (Sennett and Cobb, 1977)
Class was central to the young women's subjectivities. It was not spoken of in the traditional sense of recognition – I am working class – but rather, was displayed in their multitudinous efforts not to be recognized as working class. They disidentified and they dissimulated. Theirs was a refusal of recognition rather than a claim for the right to be recognized. It was a denial of the representations of their positioning. This should not surprise us, for ...