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The Making of Class through Visualising Moral Subject Formation

Skeggs, Bev. 2005. The Making of Class through Visualising Moral Subject Formation. Sociology, 39(5), pp. 965-982. ISSN 0038-0385 [Article]

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This article explores how white working-class women are figured as the constitutive limit – in proximity – to national public morality. It is argued that four processes: increased ambivalence generated by the reworking of moral boundaries; new forms of neo-liberal governance in which the use of culture is seen as a form of personal responsibility by which new race relations are formed; new ways of investing in one’s self as a way of generating exchange-value via affects and display; and the shift to compulsory individuality are reshaping class relations via the making of the self. By showing and telling themselves in public white working-class women are forced to display their ‘lack’ of moral value according to the symbolic values generated by the above processes. It is a no-win situation for them unless we shift our perspective from exchange-value to use-value.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038505058381

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
2005Published

Item ID:

13689

Date Deposited:

28 Sep 2015 12:45

Last Modified:

07 Jul 2017 12:46

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/13689
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