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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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Visions of England

Visions of England

New Age Travellers and the idea of ethnicity

(p.173) Seven Visions of England
The new countryside?

Kevin Hetherington

Policy Press

This chapter includes some reprinted material from New Age travellers, vanloads of uproarious humanity, a book written by Kevin Hetherington. Some of the extracts are edited, and these scrutinise the formations of New Age Traveller identities in Britain during the 1980s and 1990s. The chapter also examines the processes of these identity constructions, and subsequently reveals how notions of ethnicity, class, and rurality are redrawn and intersect to produce a very different narrative of belonging to, and desiring to be in, rural spaces. The discussion chapter stresses that in this narrative, the countryside is more than just the place where composites of identities are rejected and remade. Rather, the countryside is at the heart of the identity-formation process.

Keywords:   Kevin Hetherington, New Age Traveller, identities, identity constructions, rural spaces, narrative, composites of identities, identity-formation process

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