1938: The British Intellectual and Highbrow Culture

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:
1938: The British Intellectual and Highbrow Culture

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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

Chapter.  8168 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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