© 2012

Fairness, Class and Belonging in Contemporary England


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Katherine Smith
    Pages 20-53
  3. Katherine Smith
    Pages 54-80
  4. Katherine Smith
    Pages 81-110
  5. Katherine Smith
    Pages 136-162
  6. Katherine Smith
    Pages 163-185
  7. Katherine Smith
    Pages 219-225
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 226-249

About this book


Using experiences of the white, English, working-classes in Manchester, this book explores the local frustrations with feeling 'ignored' and 'neglected' by the government through articulations of fairness.


belonging English gender Government motivation production

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK

About the authors

KATHERINE SMITH Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, UK. She has carried out ethnographic fieldwork in working class communities in England, researching issues to do with fairness and equality, race and ethnicity, political correctness, social class and the anthropology of humour.

Bibliographic information


'Katherine Smith's book is a deeply insightful, sometimes painfully-honest but always riveting ethnographic account of white working class experiences of fairness, racism and the transformation of urban Britain during the early years of the twenty first century.' - Alexander Smith, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Warwick, UK