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The new countryside?Ethnicity, nation and exclusion in contemporary rural Britain$
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Sarah Neal and Julian Agyeman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347961

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347961.001.0001

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Village People

Village People

Race, class, nation and the community spirit

(p.129) Five Village People
The new countryside?

Katharine Tyler

Policy Press

This chapter identifies a set of white middle-class discourses and practices that justify the marginalisation of wealthy and lower-class Asian residents from participation in the social networks and activities that make up the patterns of the imagined ‘village’ community. It then studies the twists and turns that form the apparent ‘acceptance’ of middle-class white residents of the Asian family who own and run a shop in the area. The chapter also scrutinises their perceptions of the supposed ‘social isolation’ of the minority of very wealthy Asian residents who are located in the most prosperous area of the ‘village’.

Keywords:   marginalisation, white middle class, Asian residents, social networks, social activities, imagined village community, social isolation

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