2005 to 1938: Lifting Social Groups Out of the Landscape

Mike Savage

in Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199587650
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740626 | DOI:
2005 to 1938: Lifting Social Groups Out of the Landscape

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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

Chapter.  13081 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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