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COMM371: W2008 October 7th Notes on assigned reading: The Uses of Literacy R. Hoggart (Penguin Books 1958/1992) For details on Hoggart and the context in which the book was written see Scannell (2007) Chapter 4: pp 103-110. Extracts: Chapter 3: ‘Them’ and ‘Us’ (pp 72-89) The extract has two parts; the first dealing with working class perceptions of ‘Them’ (72- 80) the second dealing with their own self perception (‘Us’: 80-89). Note carefully in each case working class attitudes to the ‘higher ups’ (the English middle class, in effect) and to ‘authority’ (who are the authorities and how are they related to class issues?). Note how working class self-identity is defined by their social (class) position in British
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Unformatted text preview: society. Why is ‘self-respect’ (78-80) important and what does it tell you about the position of the working class in the larger society? What are the pluses and minuses (the best and worst aspects) of working class self-definitions (‘us’)? Overall what does Hoggart’s discussion suggest to you about the politics of class in England in the mid 20 th century? Chapter 5: ‘The full, rich life’ (132-149) What is ‘the culture of everyday life’ described in these pages? Is it a culture of poverty? In what ways is it ‘a full, rich life’?...
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