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Taskscapes and community in rural Yorkshire, 1920-1965

Ramsden, Stefan; Rowling, Jane


Jane Rowling


Using the framework of Tim Ingold’s concept of ‘taskscape’, this article seeks to address the role of work in shaping the dynamics of rural community in the mid-twentieth century. We do this by examining oral histories of two communities which have important points of similarity and difference: the community farming on the small, mixed farms of Lower Wharfedale, on the border between North and West Yorkshire, and the workers and farmers cultivating the large-scale arable enterprises of the East Riding of Yorkshire Wolds. We argue that the form of agricultural work which took place in these localities during the mid-twentieth century was crucial in setting up the types of work relationships which characterised the different communities there. Localised differences manifested in several ways through the unique taskscapes of the two case studies: a deeply stratified community structure versus pseudo-familial employment relationships; proletarian village communities versus close farmer-employee relationships; and mobility versus stability.


Ramsden, S., & Rowling, J. (2021). Taskscapes and community in rural Yorkshire, 1920-1965. The Agricultural history review, 69(1), 111-131

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 5, 2021
Online Publication Date Jun 1, 2021
Publication Date 2021-06
Deposit Date May 24, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jun 2, 2024
Journal The Agricultural history review
Print ISSN 0002-1490
Publisher British Agricultural History Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 69
Issue 1
Pages 111-131
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