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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


In this book it has been impossible to convey the warmth, humour and sharpness of the women involved, to represent accurately the intensity of the research experience, to show the brilliant conversations, the shared confidences, the difficult dilemmas, the camaraderie and the great and painful times that were all part of its production. There are also limits on the representation of the women's heterogeneity. This is a book about issues in feminist and cultural theory rather than a description of the lives of the women. It was motivated by my suspicion of the impossibility of femininity and ubiquity of class. It developed through a general scepticism about the categories we deploy on a daily basis in academia. Inadequate understandings are unlikely to motivate political ...

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