Negotiating Social Boundaries: the Construction of Neighbourliness and Sociability in Late Medieval England
Supervisor: Dr Jeremy Goldberg
My research investigates the creation and continuity of social ties in late medieval England. I am considering the ideas of neighbourliness, sociability and belonging, exploring how boundaries of medieval communities were shaped, maintained and contested.
I aim to use a wide range of sources to explore methods of inclusion and exclusion within lay, informal social groups, broadening the current scholarly focus on more formal associations such as guilds.
Since the start of my research I have also become interested in enclosed, monastic communities. In particular I am studying how this environment influenced social relations and was negotiated by the religious individuals.
Focusing on the role played by informal, small-scale groups in fostering sociability, my research hopes to offer a richer understanding of everyday social experience in late medieval England.