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Richard Hoggart , Lynsey Hanley , Simon Hoggart

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When a society becomes more affluent, does it lose other values? Are the skills that education and literacy gave millions wasted on consuming pop culture? Do the media coerce us into a world of the superficial and the material - or can they be a force for good?

When Richard Hoggart asked these questions in his 1957 book The Uses of Literacy Britain was undergoing huge social change, yet his landmark work has lost none of its pertinence and power today. Hoggart gives a fascinating insight into the close-knit values of Northern England's vanishing working-class communities, and weaves this together with his views on the arrival of a new, homogenous 'mass' US-influenced culture. His headline-grabbing bestseller opened up a whole new area of cultural study and remains essential reading, both as a historical document, and as a commentary on class, poverty and the media.

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Richard Hoggart was born in Leeds in 1918. He served with the Royal Artillery in North Africa from 1940 to 1946, after which he taught literature at the University of Hull, was visiting professor of English at the University of Rochester in America and senior lecturer in English at the University of Leicester. Professor Hoggart has been a member of numerous bodies and at different times was an Assistant Director-General of UNESCO, Chairman of the New Statesman and Vice-Chairman of the Arts Council.The Uses of Literacy, his most widely acclaimed work was partly autobiographical and drawn from his own boyhood growing up in the North of England.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Eye-Witness Account of a Lost World 20 décembre 2013
Par Ulrich Gdhler - Publié sur
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Richard Hoggart was one of the founders of the British tradition of Cultural Studies. He was mainly interested in long term changes in working-class culture and the influence of mass media and mass affluence on this culture. Hoggart combines a rich description of British Midlands working class life in the 1950s with an analysis of popular publications for working class women. He asks himself how long older working class attitudes will continue to be as powerful as they were still in the 1950s. Hoggart lacks the sound theoretical background of his fellow Birmingham Centre director Stuart Hall, but “The Uses of Literacy” has the quality of great literature. Hoggart has no theory on how changes in the real subsumption under Capital, commodification, and changes in the composition of the working class created the preconditions of the historic defeat of British Unions in the 1980s. Hoggart’s book also lacks any description of factory life. It is an eyewitness account of proletarian neighbourhood and family life and the “moral economy”. Dealing with the role of working class mothers and housewives, Hoggart also witnesses a world before the second wave of feminism.
I suggest reading “The Uses of Literacy” together with E.P.Thompson’s seminal “The Making of the English Working Class” and D.H.Lawrence’s “Sons and Lovers”.
In terms of literary studies Richard Hoggart radically breaks with the idea that literary studies should deal exclusively with high art and the canon. Hoggart does not condemn trivial magazines and explains the focus on daily human details corresponds with working-class culture. He tries to make a distinction between older working class popular culture and the new “mass culture”.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Classic with an attitude 10 février 2013
Par Elizabeth Callahan - Publié sur
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This book is foundational in culture studies, but I found Hoggart's attitude towards the people he was representing bordering between condescending and pitying. His dripping sexism and his dismissive attitude made me want to throw the book at the wall. That being said, if you want to see where culture studies started, you don't have to look any further. This is it.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Cultural cringe 7 avril 2014
Par Simon Barrett - Publié sur
Gauche, ponderous, pontificating, condescending above all, how did this ever find a publisher? Style sample (on popular songs): 'they catch on only if the tune is catchy'. Oh, is that the secret? Read it and weep
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