Article: Morris dancers, matriarchs and paperbacks

My new article ‘Morris dancers, matriarchs and paperbacks: Doing the village in contemporary Britain‘ has come out in Ethnography.

In it, I argue that an English village is not so much a timeless and inherently village-y place, but a place that people ‘do’. People talk about, play with, perform and even argue about a village’s village-ness. They read trashy village novels, morris dance, and make stories of belonging and community.

The article is out as part of a special issue on Countryside Lives: Symbolic Terrain edited by the fantastic Lindsay Hamilton.