Class, Politics, and the Decline of Deference in England, 1968-2000

ISBN : 9780198812579

Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite
272 ページ
156 x 234 mm
Past & Present Book Series

This book examines class identities and politics in the late twentieth century, a period where class identities changed hugely. Class identities became more about history, heritage, and culture, and less linked to politics. Class 'went underground' in these years: though class snobberies didn't disappear, they became less socially acceptable. In order to understand these changes, one important cultural shift we need to study is the decline of deference, which changed how people saw the hierarchies and snobberies of class. The study also looks at politics under Thatcher and New Labour, and examines the claim that these political projects wrote 'class' out of politics. It suggests that this analysis is too simple. Thatcher did attempt to do just that, but New Labour's rhetoric about a 'new working class' or even a 'new middle class' was not an attempt to eliminate class from political vocabularies, but instead resulted from their attempts to listen to the electorate and what people were s


Introduction: Class, Politics and the Decline of Deference in England, 1968-2000; 1 Tyneside Shipbuilders: Workers' Attitudes to Class, 1968-1971; 2 Middle-class Voices, c. 1969-1979; 3 Working-class Autobiography, c. 1970-1985; 4 Attitudes to Class in the '100 Families' Study, 1985-1988; 5 Mass Observers' Attitudes to Class, 1990; 6 Class in the Millennium Memory Bank, 1998-2000; 7 Class in Thatcherite Ideology and Rhetoric; 8 New Labour, Class, and Social Change; Conclusion: Class, Politics and the Decline of Deference, 1968-2017


Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite did her undergraduate degree in history at St Hugh's College, Oxford, and her MPhil and PhD at St Catharine's Collage, Cambridge, supervised by Jon Lawrence. She was subsequently a Junior Research Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge before moving to UCL where she lectures in Twentieth-Century British History. She is also an interviewer for the History of Parliament Trust's oral history project, and co-editor of Renewal: a journal of social democracy.