11. Social Class: Position, Place, Culture, and Meaning

  1. Nuala C. Johnson2,
  2. Richard H. Schein3 and
  3. Jamie Winders4
  1. Linda McDowell

Published Online: 14 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118384466.ch11

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography

How to Cite

McDowell, L. (2013) Social Class: Position, Place, Culture, and Meaning, in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography (eds N. C. Johnson, R. H. Schein and J. Winders), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118384466.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Queen's University Belfast, UK

  2. 3

    University of Kentucky, USA

  3. 4

    Syracuse University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470655597

Online ISBN: 9781118384466

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Keywords:

  • community;
  • culture;
  • ethnicity;
  • gender;
  • place-based class communities;
  • position;
  • post-Fordist era;
  • social class

Summary

This chapter explores some of the different dimensions of class and classed identities through the explicit lens of place-based class communities. It aims to address two interconnected issues: the links between class, place, and culture; and their change over time. A claim that local class cultures have disappeared in the “post-Fordist” era is assessed. In doing so, the author insists on the intersections of class, gender, and ethnicity in the construction of place-based identities, arguing that class is always inflected through other social divisions. The chapter also explores the links between class, place, and culture as both practices and meaning through the lens of different theoretical traditions. It also discusses the links between theory, methods, and geographical analysis.