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Thinking Allowed: Gardens & football

Updated Friday, 11th April 2014

Laurie Taylor and guests explore the working class passion for garden, and England's problems on the pitch.

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A cat and a wheelbarrow Creative commons image Icon Derek Harper under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license Each week, The Open University and BBC Radio 4 come together to investigate the latest from the social sciences.

This week, with the long weekend looming, our thoughts head outside.

Gardens of the British Working Class - the historian, Margaret Willes, considers the remarkable feats of cultivation by the working class in Britain, even if the land they planted and loved was not their own: From lush gardens nurtured outside crumbling workers' cottages to 'green' miracles achieved in blackened yards.

In doing so, she reveals the ingenious ways in which determined workers transformed drab surroundings. She's joined by Lisa Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University, who has explored the ways in which struggles over classed and gendered tastes are played out in our gardens.

Also, 'Why England Fails At Football' - a sociological account of our international 'shame' from Anthony King, Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter.

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on April16th, 2014. For further information, and to listen again where available, please visit





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