This paper was published as Rural History: Economy, Society, Culture, 1993, 4 (1), pp. 1-4. It is available from http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=5179956&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S0956793300003447. Doi: 10.1017/S0956793300003447Metadata only entryThis issue of Rural History has greater thematic coherence than previous numbers, with all the papers having some relation to the study of ‘popular culture’, while coming from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Each of the articles develops a key area of analysis, but their juxtaposition helps to raise further questions – about the kinds of sources that can be used to redress the bias towards the elite that has tended to dominate the study of culture, and about the problems involved in the handling of such sources. How do concepts of class, sectional, or gender interest relate to the sense of place and local identity? How can we detect such ideas within the historical record? How should we proceed in attempting to reconstruct popular and regional consciousness
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