Mixing personal memoir with social history and cultural critique, “The Uses of Literacy “anticipates recent interest in modes of cultural analysis that refuse to hide. No doubt about it, the Daily Herald declared, in a lead review of his newly published The Uses of Literacy, Richard Hoggart was “an angry. It is widely recognized that, without Richard Hoggart, there would have been no Centre for cultural studies. It is not always so widely acknowledged that without.

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The following quote can be analysed within a media archaeology perspective in relation to new and old media: The interview at the end from gives really helpful context.

Richard Hoggart and Cultural Studies. For all its insistence on the value of “community”, The Uses of Literacy is, ultimately, a defence of individual freedom and integrity. Embedded throughout introductory texts to the field of media tje is the binary opposition of technological development versus social process.

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Ultimately this extension into digitalization has made all of us historians in a way, as there are many outlets at the click of a button for storing the past. Retrieved 9 September Remember me on this computer. He notes as well hoggarr fruitful links to be made between Hoggart’s method and findings and aspects of popular culture in the United States.

Contrastingly Raymond Williams argued against technological determinism, citing it as a mere substitute for social and political issues and because of this apparent substitution it is a difficult theory to maintain. Other editions – View all The Uses of Literacy: Here the authors argue selectivity does not always conjure the true relevant and adequate content of the story. The mass cultural tide has swept over our national life, and all we can do is adapt to the consequences.

Serious ,iteracy, meanwhile, had identified a phenomenon known as “the limited revolt of the intellectual against the welfare state”. In its method and in its rich accumulation of the detail of working-class life, this volume remains useful and absorbing.

I was raised in a suburb of Reading in what was literacyy by local legend to be, at the time, the largest housing development in Europe outside of Sweden, full of identical brick semis and mock-tudor detached houses, all built in the ues s. Significantly, the occasional gusts of mild sentimentalising never transfer to Hoggart’s memories of his own life. In his introduction to this new edition, Andrew Goodwin, professor of broadcast communications arts at San Francisco State University, defines Hoggart’s place among contending schools of English cultural criticism and points out the prescience of his analysis for developments in England over the past thirty years.


The Uses of Literacy, by Richard Hoggart

Half a century later, Richard Hoggart and I are sitting in the front room of his small house on the margins of Norwich city centre talking about The Uses of Literacy’s reception, and in particular the large number of grand academic panjandrums piqued into disputing its merits. Furthermore these findings, will be applied in context to how the book can be placed within a media archaeological field. Appearing at a time when English Cultural Studies, that distinctive compound of literature, sociology and moral uplift pioneered by Raymond Williams and EP Thompson, was just getting into its stride, The Uses of Literacy whipped up a terrific cross-disciplinary storm.

Nostalgic elements are apparent throughout as they are intertwined within his observations of the working classes. The Uses of Literacy is above all, in my view, a study of a class living through a period of cultural change that has proved, while still incomplete and deeply contradictory, to be one of the most crucial developments in Western European society of the last century, and continuing in this one.

Ideas of technological determinism are envisioned throughout the work of theorist Marshall McLuhan. In the process of understanding that change—and responding to it politically— The Uses of Literacy marks a starting-point. Key features of this are the tabloid newspapers, advertising, and the triumph of Hollywood.

His argument, as he patiently explained, is not that there was in England one generation ago an urban culture still very much “of the people” and that now there is only a mass urban culture.

As for the final picture, Hoggart’s “ordinary people” are growing richer, less constrained by their environment, more likely to quit the monotony of factory or foundry, better able to spend their leisure time as they choose.


Help Center Find new research papers in: Hoggart argues that the appeals made by mass publicists-more insistent, effective, and pervasive than in the past-are moving toward the creation of an undifferentiated mass culture and that the remnants of an authentic urban culture are being destroyed.

Within the first part Hoggart describes the beliefs, attitudes and lives of working class culture in Northern England between the s and the s.

Written under a Creative Commons License, with edits: Hoggart correctly identifies in the second part of The Uses of Literacy the shallowness and specious populism of popular publications, as well as their banality and the meretriciousness of the industry that produces them—which he compares fairly straightforwardly to the in parts resilient working-class culture he has previously outlined.

A district health inspector who read the encomia to “a good and comely life, one founded on love, affection, a sense of the small group if not of the individual” would probably want to suggest that at certain times a sense of the small group, if not the individual, is a poor substitute for free orange juice and penicillin.

The term working class can conjure meanings of pride and imply derogative connotations.

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Living and Letting Live. They have intolerable pretensions; and pander to the wish to have things both ways, to do as we want and accept no consequences. Of course an additional frame cannot just happen overnight, but one would be needed for this to be known a wide hogtart.

Both his parents died before he was nine ths old and it was later decided that he and his siblings were to be raised by five adults whom were part of his extended family. It has been described as marking a “watershed in public perception of culture and class and shifted academic parameters”.