Time and place in memory and imagination on the Isle of Sheppey
in Revisiting Divisions of Labour
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This chapter discusses Ray Pahl's approach to doing sociology, something about which he is explicit in his comments on the sociologist's tools and tasks, and something which is felt between the lines of his work. It explores the ways in which place is a site of affective attachment, produced through the rhythms and routines of everyday life, with particular reference to the atmosphere of the 'bike rush' of dockyard workers as recalled in oral history interviews. The chapter focuses on young people's imagined futures to explore time, space and the operation of class. Pahl spent the best part of a decade on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, as a setting for his investigations into the different configurations of 'forms' and 'sources' of labour used by the household to get work done, and the divisions of labour within the household to settle the allocation of tasks.

Revisiting Divisions of Labour

The impacts and legacies of a modern sociological classic

Editors: Graham Crow and Jaimie Ellis

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