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Seven Lives From Mass Observation

Author : James Hinton
ISBN : 9780191090851
Genre : History
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What was it like to live in Britain during the second half of the twentieth century? In a successor to his acclaimed Nine Wartime Lives: Mass Observation and the Making of the Modern Self, James Hinton uses autobiographical writing contributed to Mass Observation since 1981 to explore the social and cultural history of late twentieth-century Britain. Prompted by thrice-yearly open-ended questionnaires, Mass Observation's volunteers wrote about their political attitudes, religious beliefs, work, childhoods, education, friendships, marriages, sex lives, mid-life crises, aging - the whole range of human emotion, feeling, attitudes, and experience. At the core of the book are seven 'biographical essays': intimate portraits of individual lives set in the context of the shift towards the more tolerant and permissive society of the 1960s and the rise of Thatcherite neo-liberalism as the structures of Britain's post-war settlement crumbled from the later 1970s. The mass observers featured in the book, four women and three men, are drawn from across the social spectrum - wife of a small businessman, teacher, social worker, RAF wife, mechanic, lorry driver, City banker: all active and forceful characters with strong opinions and lives crowded with struggle and drama. The honesty and frankness with which they wrote about themselves takes us below the surface of public life to the efforts of 'ordinary', but exceptionally articulate and self-reflective, people to make sense of their lives in rapidly changing times.

Leisure In Later Life

Author : Tania Wiseman
ISBN : 9783030716721
Genre : Social Science
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This book analyses leisure choice as a complex concept, made more complicated in later life than at any other time. The author posits that there are many unanswered questions about the new booming generation of healthy, older people, and this book asks what it is really like to be old at the beginning of the 21st century in the United Kingdom, analysing leisure in older people in the context of the subtle politics of the day to day. Throughout the chapters, the author highlights the often missing depictions of older people who enjoy and enact bold, informed agency as part of their everyday lives. Drawing upon secondary data from the Mass Observation Archive, a social thesis of leisure and ageing emerges that challenges the individualism inherent in ‘active ageing.’ It is proposed that the idea of ‘active ageing’ creates complex constraints to leisure as people strive to measure up to cultural expectations. The stories in this book advocate for an appreciation and re-evaluation of passive leisure in later life, and the enjoyment and freedom it can bring. The project is therefore useful to students and researchers of leisure studies, gerontology and sociology of ageing.

Growing Old With The Welfare State

Author : Nick Hubble
ISBN : 9781350033122
Genre : History
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The combined effect of the welfare state and medical advances means that more people now live longer lives than ever before in history. As a consequence, the experience of ageing has been transformed. Yet our cultural and social perceptions of ageing remain governed by increasingly dated images and narratives. Growing Old with the Welfare State challenges these stereotypes by bringing together eight previously unpublished stories of ordinary British people born between 1925 and 1945 to show contemporary ageing in a new light. These biographical narratives, six of which were written as part of the Mass Observation Project, reflect on and compare the experience of living in two post-war periods of social change, after the first and second world wars. In doing so, these stories, along with their accompanying contextual chapters, provide a valuable and accessible resource for social historians, and expose both historical and contemporary views of age and ageing that challenge modern assumptions.

Me Me Me

Author : Jon Lawrence
ISBN : 9780191084973
Genre : History
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Many commentators tell us that, in today's world, everyday life has become selfish and atomised—that individuals live only to consume. But are they wrong? In Me, Me, Me, Jon Lawrence re-tells the story of England since the Second World War through the eyes of ordinary people—including his own parents— to argue that, in fact, friendship, family, and place all remain central to our daily lives, and whilst community has changed, it is far from dead. He shows how, in the years after the Second World War, people came increasingly to question custom and tradition as the pressure to conform to societal standards became intolerable. And as soon as they could, millions escaped the closed, face-to-face communities of Victorian Britain, where everyone knew your business. But this was not a rejection of community per se, but an attempt to find another, new way of living which was better suited to the modern world. Community has become personal and voluntary, based on genuine affection rather than proximity or need. We have never been better connected or able to sustain the relationships that matter to us. Me, Me, Me makes that case that it's time we valued and nurtured these new groups, rather than lamenting the loss of more 'real' forms of community—it is all too easy to hold on to a nostalgic view of the past.

Mass Observation Archive

Author : Mass-Observation
ISBN : UOM:39015089073947
Genre : Documents on microfilm
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These film contain the papers and publications that were the product of a project to study the sociological history of the people of Britain from 1937-1945 and beyond.

Mass Observation Archive

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ISBN : UOM:39015089073905
Genre : City and town life
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Parts 9 and 10 of the University of Sussex 'Mass-Observation Archive' microfilm collection are listed and introduced here.

Mass Observation And Everyday Life

Author : N. Hubble
ISBN : 1403935556
Genre : Social Science
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The social-research organization Mass-Observation was founded in 1937. In this book, the true extent and significance of Mass-Observation's unique role in the formation of postwar Britain's idea of itself through the examination of everyday life across the long twentieth century. An excellent guide to Mass-Observation and the period generally, this scholarly work also provides surprising insights into the role social research has played in the development of policy and mass democracy.

Mass Observation Bulletin

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ISBN : UOM:39015011343152
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Domestic Soldiers

Author : Jennifer Purcell
ISBN : 184901714X
Genre : Civilians in war
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Over 8 million women stayed at home during the Second World War and their story has never been told. Using brand new research from the Mass-Observation Archive, Jennifer Purcell brings to life - in all its tragedy, pathos, joy and fear - the lives of six ordinary women made extraordinary by the demands of war. In their diaries and notes they record the inner thoughts and everyday activities as they tried to survive come what may. Nella Last, the archetypal housewife struggles between the demands of her husband and her desire to help the war effort. Cambridge-educated, middle-class Natalie Tanner sneaks out to the cinema whenever possible and discusses politics in town, leading a leisured life while others try to scrape by. Saddled with a draughty and unwieldy centuries-old home directly in the path of German bombs, Helen Mitchell constantly tries to escape the war and her domestic life. Opinionated and patriotic Edie Rutherford uses the war to escape the home and go to work. Alice Bridges endures the horrors of the Blitz on her home town of Birmingham and finds a new and exciting social life as she reports the war for Mass-Observation. Housebound for most of the war with debilitating arthritis, working-class Irene Grant struggles to keep her family fed and dreams of a better Britain. Intensely moving and personal, each woman reveals their most secret fears and hopes, as well as the everyday problems of wanting to contribute to the war effort, keeping a house together under difficult circumstances, the travails of rationing, work and volunteering, whilst maintaining their duties as wife and mother. Jennifer Purcell redraws a new, emotional and unexpected history of the Second World War as it was experienced by those left behind, the domestic soldiers.

Mass Observation Report On Juvenile Drinking

Author : Mass-Observation
ISBN : UCAL:$B812091
Genre : Alcoholism
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Mass Observation Archive Topic Collections On Social Welfare And The Beveridge Report 1939 1949 Reconstruction Family Planning Health Day Nurseries Adult Higher Education Post War Hopes Public Administration Social Services In Wartime Beveridge Report Surveys

Author : Adam Matthew Publications
ISBN : UOM:39015089073913
Genre : Documents on microfilm
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These film contain the papers and publications that were the product of a project to study the sociological history of the people of Britain from 1937-1945 and beyond.

Mass Observation File Reports 1937 1972

Author : Dorothy Sheridan
ISBN : STANFORD:36105081453008
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Twentieth Century Britain

Author : F. M. Leventhal
ISBN : UCSC:32106016877869
Genre : Reference
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Provides entries for key individuals and events, covering such topics as art, literature, health, politics, science, religion, social conditions, war, and women.

Mass Observation At The Movies

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We Europeans?

Author : Antony Robin Jeremy Kushner
ISBN : UOM:39015060622639
Genre : History
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Drawing upon historical, literary, cultural and anthropological approaches, this book examines the sources of cultural identity in Britain in the twentieth century, and how these were shaped through the influences of family, education, and everyday 'high' and 'low' culture. The examination focuses on the archives of the British social-anthropological organization Mass-Observation, and is the first detailed history of it to be published. Founded in the 1930s by poets, psychoanalysts, surrealists, and sociologists, among others, the purpose of the organization was to create an anthropology of the British people by the 'natives' themselves, through the use of diaries, directives and special surveys.

Frieze

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ISBN : UOM:39015058911044
Genre : Art, Modern
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The New Yorker

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ISBN : IND:30000107297909
Genre : Literature
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Fieldwork The Fieldwork Experience Methods And Methodology

Author : Christopher Pole
ISBN : UCSC:32106018673076
Genre : Ethnology
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Oral History

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105021614370
Genre : Oral history
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Genre

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ISBN : UCSC:32106020239429
Genre : Criticism
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