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Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940The Politics of Method$
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Mike Savage

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587650

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587650.001.0001

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2005 to 1938: Lifting Social Groups Out of the Landscape

2005 to 1938: Lifting Social Groups Out of the Landscape

(p.22) Chapter 1 2005 to 1938: Lifting Social Groups Out of the Landscape
Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940

Mike Savage

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the relations between technology, change, and identity in Great Britain from 1938 to 2005, through a focus on the role of the social sciences in eliciting and shaping cultural idioms of change and attachment in the post-war period. It discusses the ‘quiet revolution’ in which early social scientists helped generate a new relationship to the enchanted landscape that broke from literary, Wordsworthian motifs of rural romanticism. The chapter contrasts the contemporary capacity of significant numbers of people to electively belong, to evoke an enchanted landscape, saturated with personal aesthetic and moral markers, with the more functional and pragmatic accounts articulated by respondents in earlier periods.

Keywords:   technology, change, identity, Great Britain, social sciences, cultural idioms, rural romanticism

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