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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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1938: The British Intellectual and Highbrow Culture

1938: The British Intellectual and Highbrow Culture

(p.51) 2 1938: The British Intellectual and Highbrow Culture
Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940

Mike Savage

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on intellectual and highbrow culture in Great Britain in 1938. It criticises the perspectives on knowledge and expertise which assume that the intellectual position is fundamentally one based in the humanities. The chapter shows that, in the middle years of the twentieth century, there was an increasingly clear rejection of what was deemed the snobbish and elitist refrain of highbrow culture and an increasing enthusiasm for a different kind of intellectuality, one bound up with science, technique, and skill.

Keywords:   intellectual culture, highbrow culture, Great Britain, knowledge, expertise, humanities, science

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