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

By Kate Giles and Melanie Giles

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 histor

Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s10761-007-0037-3
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:11013

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