The character of Orkney and Shetland

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This paper is concerned with the question of how far it is possible to determine a ‘character’ of a place and of people who live in that place. Considering the
island locations of Orkney and Shetland and their distinct economic, social and cultural background this paper will explore how far geographical context
influences individuals who live and work in these contexts and their dispositions. Key to the discussion will be Bourdieu’s notion of habitus which in simplest
terms is ‘socialised subjectivity’ and offers a framework for understanding how social context becomes part of an individual’s subjectivity.


Conference3rd International St. Magnus Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • habitus
  • place
  • Orkney
  • Shetland
  • Bourdieu


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