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Class, Politics, and the Decline of Deference in England, 1968-2000

Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite

Abstract

This book examines class identities and politics in late twentieth-century England. Class remained important to ‘ordinary’ people’s identities and their narratives about social change in this period, but in changing ways. Using self-narratives drawn from a wide range of sources, the book shows that many people felt that once-clear class boundaries had blurred since 1945. By the end of the period, ‘working-class’ was often seen as a historical identity, related to background and heritage. The middle classes became more heterogeneous, and class snobberies ‘went underground’, as people from all b ... More

Keywords: Class, Thatcher, New Labour, deference, working class, middle class, social change, England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198812579
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198812579.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, author
Lecturer in Twentieth-Century British History, University College London