Bitter nostalgia: social redundancy in Irvine Welsh's 'Kingdom of Fife'

Alex Law, Eddie Rocks

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Any socio-analysis of fiction runs the risk of taking an objectivist sledgehammer to the enchanted spell of the perceptible literary effect (see Bourdieu 1996). In courting this risk we offer the alibi that socio-analysis of Welsh’s “Kingdom of Fife” intensifies and enriches the truth of social suffering since the strike. Literary transgressions and inversions of the sort produced by Welsh both express and veil the structure of damaged social space, its constraints and possibilities, as the contradictory consequences of collective defeat.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigging the seam
Subtitle of host publicationpopular cultures of the 1984/5 miners' strike
Editors Simon Popple, Ian W. Macdonald
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781443843041
ISBN (Print)9781443840811
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2012


  • Sociology of literature
  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • Irvine Welsh
  • Miners strike
  • Habitus
  • Hysteresis


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