Haunted by the Spectre of Judgement: Respectability, Value and Affect in Class Relations

Skeggs, Bev. 2009. Haunted by the Spectre of Judgement: Respectability, Value and Affect in Class Relations. In: Kjartan Pll Sveinsson, ed. Who Cares about the White Working Class? London: Runnymede, pp. 36-45. ISBN 9781906732103 [Book Section]

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The first section provides a very condensed history
of how we get to contemporary understandings of
class. I make this detour because the perspective one
takes determines what one sees: as Cannadine notes,
“the history of class is as much about the history of
ideas about society as it is about society itself”.
The perspective taken here is that class is always a
category produced through a dynamic relationship
between classes: one class’s advantage is another’s
loss. Advantage often works through exclusion,
which is highly apparent in issues like education and
housing (see Chapter 3 by Diane Reay and Chapter
7 by Ben Rogaly and Becky Taylor in this collection)
but is much more difficult to detect when it comes
to matters of culture and subjectivity. The second
section draws on empirical evidence to show how
class relations structure even the most intimate areas
of people’s lives: how they feel about themselves
and others. It draws on three different research

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