By Rosemary Shirley

during the lens of the standard, this booklet explores ’the nation-state’ as an inhabited and practised realm with lived rhythms and workouts. It relocates the topography of way of life from its habitually city concentration, out into the English nation-state. the agricultural is usually portrayed as present open air of modernity, or as its passive sufferer. right here, the agricultural is recast as an energetic and intricate web site of modernity, a shift which contributes alternative routes of pondering the agricultural and a brand new viewpoint at the daily. In every one bankruptcy, items of visible tradition - together with scrapbooks, artwork works, ads, images and movies - are awarded as instruments of study which articulate how elements of the standard may perhaps function otherwise in non-metropolitan locations. The ebook good points new readings of the paintings of important artists and photographers, resembling Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane, Stephen Willats, Anna Fox, Andrew go, Tony Ray Jones and Homer Sykes, visible via this rural lens, including research of visually interesting archival fabrics together with early Shell courses and barely obvious scrapbooks made by way of the Women’s Institute. Combining lifestyle, rural modernity and visible cultures, this booklet is ready to discover new and varied tales concerning the English nation-state and give a contribution considerably to present considering on lifestyle, rural geographies and visible cultures.

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