Mass Observation And Everyday Life: Culture, History, Theory

Paperback | May 15, 2010

byNick Hubble

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The social research organization, Mass-Observation, was one of the most innovative intellectual projects of the 20th century.  This study, now available in paperback, examines the historical and social significance of the project and shows how social research has played a role in the development of policy and mass democracy.

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The social research organization, Mass-Observation, was one of the most innovative intellectual projects of the 20th century.  This study, now available in paperback, examines the historical and social significance of the project and shows how social research has played a role in the development of policy and mass democracy.

NICK HUBBLE is a lecturer in English at Brunel University, UK. A former Research Fellow at the Mass-Observation Archive, he has also taught at the University of Sussex, Kingston University and the University of Central England, Birmingham, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.58 × 5.44 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230247881

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations * Acknowlegdements * Foreword * INTRODUCTION: THE MASS-OBSERVATION PROJECT * Defining Mass-Observation * A Brief History of Mass-Observation * Everyday Life and Social Transformation * PART 1: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND * Everyday Life in the Long Twentieth Century * Social Surveys: From Booth's Life and Labour of the London Poor to Kracauer's Die Angestellten and the Lynd's Middeltown * PART 2: THE SPACE OF FORMER HEAVEN * Cambridge Experiment * Letter to Oxford * British Social Anthropology * Popular Poetry and the 'Thirties' * PART 3: THE INTELLECTUALS AND THE MASSES * Profane Illumination and New Objectivity--English Surrealism and British Democracy * Empson's Imaginary Solution * PART 4: EARLY MASS-OBSERVATION * The Formation of Mass-Observation * Coronation Pastoral * PART 5: BRITAIN BEGINS AT HOME * First Year's Work * First Year's Reception * The Munich Crisis * The Lambeth Walk * PART 6: THE MOBILISATION OF EVERYDAY LIFE * Active Leadership and the Civilian Army * The Ministry of Everyday * Co-operating with the Tax Collector * PART 7: THE DEMOBILISATION OF EVERYDAY LIFE * Politics, Pubs, Penguins * Society in the Mind * Resumption of the People's War * Conclusion: Mass-Observation Reassessed * Afterword * Bibliography and Sources * Index

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"An insightful new history" -- The New Yorker  "Hubble's account is much needed, and the depth of detail and analysis that is evident in it ensure that it is likely to remain an essential guide to Mass Observation for years to come" -- Textual Practice   "an excellent appreciation of Tom Harrisson and his fellow Mass Observation co-founders" -- History Workshop Journal   "an important book...invaluable to anyone wanting to understand what lay behind Mass Observation and how the organization developed" -- Literature and History   "Hubble provides an exhaustive investigation into the origins of Mass Observation [and] their influence on successive generations of intellectuals" -- Journal of Interdisciplinary History