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dc.contributor.authorLawrence, Jonen
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-16T14:09:16Z
dc.date.available2015-11-16T14:09:16Z
dc.date.issued2016-03-08en
dc.identifier.issn0018-246X
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/252618
dc.description.abstractThis article examines surviving notes from interviews conducted by Michael Young and Peter Willmott in the London Borough of Bethnal Green and the Essex ‘overspill’ estate of ‘Greenleigh’ (Debden) in the mid-1950s to ask how far they support the central arguments about kinship, community, and place advanced in their classic 1957 book $\textit{Family and kinship in East London}$. These interviews are used to suggest that Young and Willmott's powerful $\textit{a priori}$ models about ‘community’ and working-class kinship, and their strong political investment in the idea of a decentralized social democracy based on self-servicing, working-class communities, led them to discount testimony which ran counter to their assumptions as ‘aberrant’ or ‘exceptional’. Though it is difficult to draw strong conclusions from thirty-seven interviews, it is suggested that the snippets of personal testimony that survive in Michael Young's papers reinforce the arguments of historians who seek to question cataclysmic accounts of the consequences of working-class suburbanization in the mid-twentieth century. Culture and lifestyle changed much less with the move out to suburban Essex than $\textit{Family and kinship}$ would suggest, partly because Bethnal Green's family and neighbourhood networks were considerably less cohesive than they claimed.
dc.languageEnglishen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCambridge University Press
dc.titleInventing the 'Traditional Working Class': A re-analysis of interview notes from Young and Willmott's $\textit{Family and Kinship in East London}$en
dc.typeArticle
dc.description.versionThis is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Cambridge University Press via http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X15000515en
prism.endingPage593
prism.publicationDate2016en
prism.publicationNameThe Historical Journalen
prism.startingPage567
prism.volume59en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1017/S0018246X15000515en
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-03-08en
dc.identifier.eissn1469-5103
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen


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