‘The home of the brave’?: working-class tastes in Portsmouth

Robert James

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

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780719080258
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702444 | DOI:
‘The home of the brave’?: working-class tastes in Portsmouth

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This chapter assesses film and reading tastes, the popularity of certain films and novels, and consumers' responses to them in 1930s Portsmouth. The taste preferences of working-class consumers were influenced by the region's socio-economic structure. Portsmouth's working classes were exceptionally well served by cinema and library facilities. While working-class consumers in Portsmouth shared many similarities with those in Derby, South Wales and at a national level, they also displayed a number of differences. It is these differences which offer a salutary reminder of the need to recognize that consumers' tastes vary, not simply among generation and gender, but between geographical locations also. The analyses of local taste-communities have also revealed that tastes varied within these locations too. The leisure habits of the working classes should never be taken for granted.

Keywords: Portsmouth; local taste-communities; working-class consumers; socio-economic structure; library facilities

Chapter.  5869 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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