Classes and Cultures: England 1918-1951

Paperback | April 13, 2000

byRoss McKibbin

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Ross McKibbin investigates the ways in which 'class culture' characterized English society, and intruded into every aspect of life, during the period from 1918 to the mid-1950s. He demonstrates the influence of social class within the mini 'cultures' which together constitute society: familiesand family life, friends and neighbours, the workplace, schools and colleges, religion, sexuality, sport, music, film, and radio. Dr McKibbin considers the ways in which language was used (both spoken and written) to define one's social grouping, and how far changes occurred to language and culturemore generally as a result of increasing American influence. He assesses the role of status and authority in English society, the social significance of the monarchy and the upper classes, the opportunities for social mobility, and the social and ideological foundations of English politics. In thisfascinating study, Ross McKibbin exposes the fundamental structures and belief systems which underpinned English society in the first half of the twentieth century.

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Ross McKibbin investigates the ways in which 'class culture' characterized English society, and intruded into every aspect of life, during the period from 1918 to the mid-1950s. He demonstrates the influence of social class within the mini 'cultures' which together constitute society: familiesand family life, friends and neighbours, th...

Ross McKibbin is Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at St John's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 13, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Upper Class: Honour and Wealth2. The Middle Class (I)3. The Middle Class (II)4. The Working Class (I)5. The Working Class (II)6. Education and Mobility7. Religion and Belief8. Sexuality and Morality9. The Sporting Life10. Music for the People11. The Cinema and the English12. Listening In13. The Community of Language14. ConclusionBibliographyIndex

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`important study ... Every page of this book scintillates, combining high scholarship, understated argument and droll humour.'Ben Pimlott, New Statesman and Society