This moving and challenging book by Simon Charlesworth deals with the personal consequences of poverty and class and the effects of growing up as part of a poor and stigmatized group. Charlesworth examines these themes by focussing on a particular town - Rotherham - in South Yorkshire, England, and using the personal testimony of disadvantaged people who live there, acquired through recorded interviews and conversations. He applies to these life stories the interpretative tools of philosophy and social theory, drawing in particular on the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Merleau-Ponty, in order to explore the social relations and experiences of a distinct but largely ignored social group. The culture described in this book is not unique to Rotherham and Charlesworth argues that the themes and problems identified in this book will be familiar to economically powerless and politically dispossessed people everywhere.
Emma Deen was no stranger to being the new girl. The word roots weren't in her family's vocabulary. So when she found herself a junior at Hall High the last thing she had expected was to be drawn to the magnetic Travis Winters. Those turquoise eyes and irresistible dimples tugged at her heart. Dancing used to consume her world until Travis. Being half-demon was no picnic in the park. Friends were sparse, his love life was tricky, and he was always in constant danger. Even though Travis tried to keep his distance, Emma made it impossible for him to ignore her anymore. And his life took on a new meaning. Hopeful. Tempting. Love. Travis's dark secret would not only throw them in danger, it would also change their lives. Neither of them knew what being together would lead to.
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