The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

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This landmark book traces the rise and decline of the British autodidact from the pre-industrial era to the twentieth century. Using innovative research techniques and a vast range of unexpected sources such as workers' memoris, social surveys and library registers, Rose shows which books people read, how and why they educated themselves, and what they knew. In the process he shines a bold new light on working class politics, ideology, popular culture and the life of the mind. This book has won the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award 2001, the SHARP History Book Prize, the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History 2001 and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book Award. Book jacket.Canon. All Gamett and his American cousin, Archie Bunker, may be caricatures, but working-class cultural conservatism ... In France, Pierre Bourdieu has plotted taste and class on Cartesian coordinates and found a distinct correlation between conventionality and manual labor. ... The last two lines reflect the stock of two libraries run by and for lead miners, in Wanlockhead ( 1 790) and Leadhills ( 1 800).

Title:The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
Author: Jonathan Rose
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2002

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