We Europeans?: Mass-Observation Race and British Identity in the Twentieth Century

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"Drawing upon historical, literary, cultural and anthropological approaches, this book examines the sources of cultural identity in Britain in the twentieth century and how these were shaped through the influences of family, education, and everyday 'high' and 'low' culture." This study will be of interest to scholars of sociology, cultural studies, literary studies and history who are particularly interested in 'race', race relations, immigration and cultural difference.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : mass-observation, difference and the anthropology of 'ourselves' 3
2 Mass-observation, 'race' and nation 29
3 Exploring otherness : mass-observation in 'darkest' Britain 59
4 Beyond the opinion poll? : the mass-observation directive 103
5 Mass-observation and the genre of diary writing 149
6 Racism with the boots off? : from individual prejudice to collective violence in the mass-observation diaries 166
7 'I am all women who are tortured' : persecuted Jews at home and abroad and the mass-observation diaries 189
8 The intimacy of difference : confronting minorities in everyday life through the mass-observation diaries 219
Conclusion and afterword : reclaiming the volvox 244
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