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Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39

Robert James

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780719080258
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702444 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719080258.001.0001
Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39

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This book examines the relationship between class and culture in 1930s Britain. Focusing on the reading and cinema-going tastes of the working classes, it combines historical analysis with a close textual reading of visual and written sources to appraise the role of popular leisure in this decade. Drawing on original research, the book adds to our knowledge of working-class leisure pursuits in this contentious period.

Keywords: class and culture; 1930s Britain; reading tastes; cinema-going tastes; working classes; popular leisure; leisure pursuits; cultural history; social history; literary studies

Book.  256 pages. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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Introduction in Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39

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‘The people's amusement’: the growth in cinema-going and reading habits in Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39

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Trade attitudes towards audience taste in Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39

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‘What made you put that rubbish on?’: national trends in film popularity in Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39

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‘A very profitable enterprise’: South Wales Miners’ Institutes in Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39

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‘Gunmen, rustlers and a damsel in distress’: working-class tastes in Derby in Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39

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‘The home of the brave’?: working-class tastes in Portsmouth in Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39

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Popular film and literature: textual analyses in Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39

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