Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: The Politics of Method

Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: The Politics of Method

by Mike Savage
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199587663

ISBN-13: 9780199587667

Pub. Date: 07/15/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940 examines how, between 1940 and 1970, British society was marked by the imprint of the academic social sciences in profound ways which have an enduring legacy on how we see ourselves. It focuses on how interview methods and sample surveys eclipsed literature and the community study as a means of understanding

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Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940 examines how, between 1940 and 1970, British society was marked by the imprint of the academic social sciences in profound ways which have an enduring legacy on how we see ourselves. It focuses on how interview methods and sample surveys eclipsed literature and the community study as a means of understanding ordinary life. The book is the first to draw extensively on archived qualitative social science data from the 1930s to the 1960s, which it uses to offer a unique, personal, and challenging account of post-war social change in Britain. It also uses this data to conduct a new kind of historical sociology of the social sciences, one that emphasises the discontinuities in knowledge forms and which stresses how disciplines and institutions competed with each other for reputation. Its emphasis on how social scientific forms of knowing eclipsed those from the arts and humanities during this period offers a radical re-thinking of the role of expertise today which will provoke social scientists, scholars in the humanities, and the general reader alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199587667
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/15/2010
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

2002: Preface and Acknowledgements vii

List of Figures xv

List of Tables xvi

Abbreviations xvii

1962: Introduction 1

1 2005 to 1938: Lifting Social Groups Out of the Landscape 22

Part I Technical Identities and the Rise of Social Science

2 1938: The British Intellectual and Highbrow Culture 51

3 1954: The Challenge of Technical Identity 67

4 1940: The Resurgence of Gentlemanly Expertise in Post-war Britain 93

5 1962: The Moment of Sociology 112

Part II The Social Science Apparatus

6 1956: The End of Community: The Quest for the English Middletown 137

7 1951: The Interview and the Melodrama of Social Mobility 165

8 1941: The Sample Survey and the Modern Rational Nation 187

Part III Popular Identities and Social Change

9 1948 to 1962: The Remaking of Social Class Identities 215

Conclusion 2009: The Politics of Method 237

Appendix: Manuscript sources consulted 250

Bibliography 255

Name Index 273

Place Index 279

Subject Index 281

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