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Introductory Reading

If you would like an introduction to some of this module's themes, or examples of the kind of historiography that we will be reading, either to prepare for the module or to help you decide whether it might be for you, I would recommend perusing/dipping into any the following books – all (except for the final one) available as e-books through the university Library catalogue:

  • Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, Class, Politics, and the Decline of Deference in England, 1968-2000 (Oxford: OUP, 2018)
  • Mike Savage, Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: the politics of method (Oxford: OUP, 2010)
  • Jon Lawrence, Me, Me, Me: the search for community in post-war England (Oxford: OUP, 2019)
  • The two volumes of Stuart Hall's Essential Essays (edited by David Morley) (Durham: Duke University Press, 2018)
  • James Hinton, Nine-Wartime Lives: Mass-Observation and the making of the modern self (Oxford: OUP, 2010)
  • James Hinton, Seven Lives from Mass Observation (Oxford: OUP, 2016)
  • John Welshman, Underclass: a history of the excluded since 1880 (London: Bloomsbury, 2013)
  • Judith Walkowitz, City of Dreadful Delight: narratives of sexual danger in late-Victorian London (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1992)
  • Liz Stanley, Sex Surveyed, 1949-1994: from Mass-Observation's 'Little Kinsey' to the National Survey and the Hite Reports (London: Routledge, 1995) [not available as an e-book, though there is a physical copy in the Library]