In the age of central heating, why do we have mantelpieces and what do we put on them?
From clocks to collar studs, Rachel Hurdley talks to Laurie Taylor about her study of what is to be found above the fireplace and the reasons why the mantelpiece is still an important feature in our houses.
THE RULES OF ENGLISH BEHAVIOUR
Social Dis-ease, Humour and Eeyorishness- the social anthropologist Kate Fox spent ten years tracking down the traits that define the English. She tells Laurie about queue jumping, eavesdropping and bumping into people in the name of research.
Research Student at the School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University
ESRC funded PhD Project by Rachel Hurdley
Social anthropologist, co-director of the Social Issues Research Centre in Oxford and a Fellow of the Institute for Cultural Research.
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