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Michael Young, Social Science, and the British Left, 1945-1970

Lise Butler


In the mid-twentieth century the social sciences significantly expanded, and played a major role in shaping British intellectual, political, and cultural life. Central to this shift was the left-wing policy maker and sociologist Michael Young. In the 1940s Young was a key architect of the Labour Party’s 1945 election manifesto, Let Us Face the Future. He became a sociologist in the 1950s, publishing a classic study of the London working class, Family and Kinship in East London, with Peter Willmott in 1957, and the 1958 dystopian satire, The Rise of the Meritocracy, about a future society in wh ... More

Keywords: Michael Young, Labour Party, British politics, welfare state, socialism, community, meritocracy, sociology, history of the social sciences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198862895
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198862895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lise Butler, author
Lecturer in Modern History, University of London