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Type, tradition and Social switch demanding situations the inspiration of the "death of the operating class." the writer examines a couple of key concerns for working-class stories: the belief of the "death" of sophistication; the significance of working-class writing; the importance of position and area for realizing working-class identification; and the centrality of labor in working-class lives. Drawing at the paintings of Raymond Williams, Valentin Volosinov, Mikhail Bakhtin, and others, the booklet seeks to restore methods for wondering working-class id and event.

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345). Thus the 1950s sees the shift towards ‘the creation of mass culture … the new mass culture is in some important ways less healthy’ (Hoggart, 1957, p. 345). Potentially, two victims come into view: the working class and its selfidentity, and “High” culture, threatened by its mass produced, easily consumed and increasingly popular Other. Just how vulnerable to this incursion the working class was becoming, Hoggart is unsure. There is Northern Exposure 33 evidence of resistance: ‘people do not have to sing or listen to these songs, and many do not: and those who do, often make the songs better than they really are’ (Hoggart, 1957, p.

The aim of the book was to ‘explain’ (Hall and Jefferson, 1976, p. 9) youth cultures, and their increased visibility upon the cultural landscape of Britain. Taking culture 46 Class, Culture and Social Change to pertain to a ‘whole way of life of a group or class’, meant analysing ‘the meanings, values and ideas embodied in institutions, in social relations, in systems of belief, in mores and customs, in the uses of objects and material life’ (Hall and Jefferson, 1976, p. 10). 5 Thus within the social a relationship of domination and subordination pertains, whereby the dominant culture ‘represents itself as the culture’, an ideological sleight of hand fixing a particular perspective, a way of seeing, as the norm (Hall and Jefferson, 1976, p.

But he still clung to them. They conveyed a legitimacy. They were a testament to the days when he could make a worthwhile contribution to the economy, to society’ (Turner, 2000, p. 25). Locals remember how ‘we used to play on the road. It was beautiful. It was a wonderful place to grow up. Now it’s gone to rack and ruin’ (Turner, 2000, p. 53). Turner’s view of mining life – and it is made concrete in the words of his interviewees, especially the older generation – acknowledges the dangers of the work, the conservatism of aspects of the culture, while at the same time disclosing its strengths: for 26 Class, Culture and Social Change its people a sense of identity, an acceptance of mutuality, a recognition of one’s place within the wider civic and economic order.

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