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‘“The community spirit was a wonderful thing.” On nostalgia and the politics of belonging’

Ramsden, Stefan

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Abstract

In this article I draw on oral history interviews about social life in a small town to explore the personal and social implications of nostalgia. Whereas some recent scholarship interprets narratives of lost community in the context of conflicting moral claims to place, I argue that the telling of such stories can be beneficial both for narrators and for communities. The evidence presented here suggests that stories about community decline are not only told by long-standing working-class residents and that, rather than dividing different groups who inhabit a particular place, such stories can provide common ground.

Citation

Ramsden, S. (2016). ‘“The community spirit was a wonderful thing.” On nostalgia and the politics of belonging’. Oral history, 44(1), 89-97

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 21, 2015
Publication Date Mar 29, 2016
Deposit Date May 24, 2021
Journal Oral History
Print ISSN 0143-0955
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 44
Issue 1
Pages 89-97
Keywords Nostalgia; Belonging; Community; Working class; Place; Beverley (East Yorkshire)
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/2658580