Work Town

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During the late 1930s, the Lancashire cotton town of Bolton (‘Worktown’) became the subject of a groundbreaking social experiment: the ‘anthropological fieldwork’ of Tom Harrisson that was to develop into Mass-Observation. David Hall tells the story of Mass-Observation’s emergence from the social, intellectual and political climate of the 1930s; he looks at how Harrisson, his co-founders and his co-workers crossed the rigid class divide in pre-war Britain; and he assesses the enduring value of Mass Observation’s ‘anthropology of ourselves’.

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Work Town

Work Town

The Astonishing Story of the Project that Launched Mass-Observation

Hardback334pp Illustrated240x160mm

9780297871682     Product Code: 502628

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During the late 1930s, the Lancashire cotton town of Bolton (‘Worktown’) became the subject of a groundbreaking social experiment: the ‘anthropological fieldwork’ of Tom Harrisson that was to develop into Mass-Observation. David Hall tells the story of Mass-Observation’s emergence from the social, intellectual and political climate of the 1930s; he looks at how Harrisson, his co-founders and his co-workers crossed the rigid class divide in pre-war Britain; and he assesses the enduring value of Mass Observation’s ‘anthropology of ourselves’.

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