The working class in mid-twentieth-century England: Community, identity and social memory

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This book maps how working class life was transformed in England in the middle years of the twentieth century. National trends in employment, welfare and living standards are illuminated via a focus on Brighton, providing valuable new perspectives of class and community formation. Based on fresh archival research, life histories and contemporary social surveys, the book historicises important cultural and community studies which moulded popular perceptions of class and social change in the post-war period. It shows how council housing, slum clearance and demographic trends impacted on working-class families and communities. While suburbanisation transformed home life, leisure and patterns of association, there were important continuities in terms of material poverty, social networks and cultural practices.

This book will be essential reading for academics and students researching modern and contemporary social and cultural history, sociology, cultural studies and human geography.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages280
ISBN (Print)978-0-7190-8473-7
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2012

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