Class, Culture And Social Change: On the Trail of the Working Class

Hardcover | November 15, 2007

byJohn Kirk

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Class, Culture and Social Change challenges the notion of the "death of the working class." The author examines a number of key issues for working-class studies: the idea of the "death" of class; the importance of working-class writing; the significance of place and space for understanding working-class identity; and the centrality of work in working-class lives. Drawing on the work of Raymond Williams, Valentin Volosinov, Mikhail Bakhtin, and others, the book seeks to revive ways for thinking about working-class identity and experience.

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Class, Culture and Social Change challenges the notion of the "death of the working class." The author examines a number of key issues for working-class studies: the idea of the "death" of class; the importance of working-class writing; the significance of place and space for understanding working-class identity; and the centrality of ...

JOHN KIRK is Research Fellow at the Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University, U.K., and a tutor in adult education.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:November 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230549209

ISBN - 13:9780230549203

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * Introduction * Northern Exposure: The Travails of Class in a Post-Industrial Landscape * In Search for the Working Class: The Rise of British Cultural Studies * Abyss-mal Sites: Representation and the British Working-Class * "Speaking for more than Itself": Answerability and the Working-Class Text * Working Through Change (i): Oral Testimony and the Significance of Class * Working Through Change (ii): Class and the Meaning of Work * Conclusion * Notes * Bibliography * Index