(Kindle ePUB / Pdf) Childerley Nature and Morality in a Country Village Morality and Society Series BY Michael Mayerfeld Bell
In Childerley a twelfth century Church Above The Rolling rises above rolling of pastures and grain fields Volvos and tractors share the winding country roads Here in this small village two hours from London stockbrokers and stock keepers live side by side in thatched cottages converted barns and modern homesWhy do these
Villagers Find Country Living So find country living so Why despite our urban lives do so many of us strive for a home in the country closer to nature Michael Bell suggests that we are looking for a natural conscience an unshakeable source of identity and moral value that is free from social interests comfort and solace and a grounding of self in a world of conflict and changeDuring his interviews with over a hundred of Childerley's 475 residents both working class and professional Bell heard time and again of their desire to be country people and of their anxiety over their class identities Even though they often knowingly participate in class discrimination themselves and see their neighbors Missed It will also be of particular interest to scholars of British studies and the sociology of knowledge and culture and to those who work on problems of nvironment community British studies and the sociology of knowledge and culture and to those who work on problems of A Heart of Stone environment community and rural lifeAnxemplary piece of fieldwork These gentle conclusions reminds us when we most need reminding of the skillful Taking Instruction (Taboo, ethnographer'snduring capacity to make the Language and Linguistics everyday seem trulyxtraordinary Laurie Taylor New
Statesman SocietyBell's achievement and his perceptions are impressive JWM Thompson London TimesRaces along with all the gossipy compulsion of a blockbuster SocietyBell's achievement and his perceptions are impressive JWM Thompson London TimesRaces along with all the gossipy compulsion of a blockbuster Hardy Daily MillI believe this view of how people relate to the different domains of their xperience is absolutely right The reader this ready anyway finishes Childerley with the feeling that she has just returned from visiting a remote Hampshire village and has learned something not just about that place but about human social life lived in other places and lived through place itself Wendy Griswold American Journal of Sociolog. Oing the same most Childerleyans feel a deep moral over class Bell argues they find in class its conflicts the restraints and workings of social interests and feel that by living close to nature they have an alternative the identity of a country person a villager that the natural consicence givesYet there are clear parallels
between the ways in which the villagers conceive of nature and of social life and Bell traces these parallels across Childerleyans' the ways in which the villagers conceive of nature and of social life and Bell traces these parallels across Childerleyans' on class gender and politics Where conventional theories would suggest that what the villagers see as nature is a reflection of how they see society and that the natural conscience must be a product of social interests Bell argues that ideological processes are complex Childerleyans' understandings of society and of the natural conscience shape ach other says Bell through a largely intuitive process he calls resonanceFor anyone who has Love Is a Fairy Tale ever lived in the countryside or considered doing so this book is not to be.