J. L. and Barbara Hammond, R. H. Tawney, Richard Hoggart, R. M. Titmuss
Britain has had a strong tradition of ethical social criticism. This chapter examines the work of four twentieth-century examples: the Hammonds’ radical histories of the Industrial Revolution and its consequences; Tawney’s moral indictment of capitalism and its history; Hoggart’s championing of working-class virtues of community and solidarity; and Titmuss’s commitment to the altruistic ethic embodied in health and welfare provision. In each case, biography is used to throw light on the development of their views and their literary careers. Particular attention is given to questions of social class, both in the subjects’ own careers and in their respective analyses of British society.
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