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The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working-Class Life (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working-Class Life (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Richard Hoggart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

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5.0 out of 5 stars A multi-faceted classic, 22 May 2012
This works on so many different levels in so many different ways. Very much of its time, it is a beautifully-written analysis of the attitudes and beliefs of what was then known as the working class. A phrase rarely if ever heard today, presumably for reasons of alleged political correctness. As mentioned in other reviews, Richard Hoggart's warnings about how the mass media was to evolve have proved uncannily accurate. He also explains with great clarity and accuracy what makes people do what they do and think what they think - then and now.

What is equally scary is that he describes a set of values and attitudes that I have inherited from my parents - values that seem almost alien in today's culture.

A brilliant book, recommended to anyone with an interest in what makes us what we are as a people. Hoggart offers something close to the definitive study of what makes up the mass media ethos, content and consumer.
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