Preface - Introduction - Class: A Source Based Approach -
PART 1 AS IT WAS: THE THIRTIES - The Historical Context of Class - Academic Images of Class - Official Images of Class - Unofficial and Private Images in Britain - Unofficial and Private Images in the USA - Unofficial and Private Images in France - Hollywood Images of Class - BBC and Other Media Images of Class - The Realities of Class -
PART 2 AS IT BECAME: FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR TO THE END OF THE SEVENTIES - The Second World War and Class: the Case of Britain - The Second World War and Class in France and the USA - Image and Reality of Class in Post-war Society - The Cultural Revolution and the New Historical Context - Images of Class at the End of the Seventies - Inequality, Distinctions and the Significance of Class - CONCLUSION - Class Today - Class: Image and Reality - Appendix.
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Class is an emotive subject, and never more so than today. It is part of the very fabric of our contemporary society and Professor Marwick's major historical study of the phenomenon is therefore of importance to anyone who is interested in the pattern of social and political life in recent years, particularly since it compares British experiences with those of France and the United States - two countries which, despite fashionable mythology, are also very class-conscious. Class is examined as it is actually understood by people rather than as presented by theorists and ideologues. His fascinating array of evidence - from academic writings; from official sources; from private letters; diaries and interviews; and from feature films, television and newspapers - vividly illustrates how significant class has been and still is in all three countries. This new thoroughly revised and considerably expanded edition takes account of recent research and developments and brings the analysis firmly up to the present day. (source: Nielsen Book Data)