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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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1948 to 1962: The Remaking of Social Class Identities

1948 to 1962: The Remaking of Social Class Identities

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Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940

Mike Savage

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how the social science infrastructure explored the changing character of popular identities in Great Britain during the post-war period. It argues against epochalist accounts that see any simple changes in popular identities and shows the persistence of enduring themes in working-class value which include emphasis on practical skill. The chapter also describes how the middle classes avoided overt forms of cultural elitism and became more confident in their assertion of meritocratic and technocratic values.

Keywords:   social science, popular identities, Great Britain, post-war period, working class, middle class, cultural elitism, practical skill

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