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The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

James Hinton


This is the first full scale history of Mass-Observation, the independent social research organization which, between 1937 and 1949, set out to document the attitudes, opinions, and everyday lives of the British people. Through a combination of anthropological fieldwork, opinion surveys, and written testimony solicited from hundreds of volunteers, Mass-Observation created a huge archive of popular life during a tumultuous decade which remains central to British national identity. The social history of these years has been immeasurably enriched by the archive, and extracts from the writings of ... More

Keywords: mass-observation, Tom Harrisson, Charles Madge, social research, public opinion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199671045
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Hinton, author
Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick