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The writing on the wall: the concealed communities of the East Yorkshire horselads

Giles, Kate and Giles, Melanie (2007) The writing on the wall: the concealed communities of the East Yorkshire horselads. International Journal of Historical Archaeology. ISSN 1092-7697

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Abstract

This paper examines the graffiti found within late nineteenth and early-twentieth century farm buildings in the Wolds of East Yorkshire. It suggests that the graffiti were created by a group of young men at the bottom of the social hierarchy - the horselads – and was one of the ways in which they constructed a distinctive sense of communal identity, at a particular stage in their lives. Whilst it tells us much about changing agricultural regimes and social structures, it also informs us about experiences and attitudes often hidden from official histories and biographies. In this way, the graffiti are argued to inform our understanding, not only of a concealed community, but also about their hidden history

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2007. This is an author-generated copy of the published article. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Graffiti, Identity, Farm buildings, Horselads
Academic Units: The University of York > Archaeology (York)
Depositing User: Mrs Eva Fairnell
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2010 12:11
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2013 14:13
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10761-007-0037-3
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11013

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