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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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Selected pages Title Page. The Uses of Literacy: He notes as well the fruitful links to be made between Hoggart’s method and findings and aspects of popular culture in the United States.

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Rather it is, as the mass publicists say, that we are moving towards the creation of a mass culture; that the remnants of what was at least in part an urban culture “of the people” are being destroyed; and that the new mass culture is in some important respects less healthy than the often crude culture it is replacing.

Essentially framing theory involves a selection of aspects to create a storyline, an interpretation or an overall general understanding. Writing a Research Paper. For all his interest in communality, Hoggart is careful not to make too many claims for working-class solidarity. Fifty years ago this month, an obscure lecturer in Hull University’s adult education department was surprised to find his opinions prominently displayed across the pages of several popular newspapers.

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

Mystified, but not ungrateful, Hoggart moved on to the next stage of a career that would see him become assistant director general of Unesco and the grand old man of what might be called English literary sociology. These factors are parallel for mass cultures invitations for a sense of manipulating their audiences, to provoke the desired effects they want to gain.


It has been described as marking a “watershed in public perception of culture and class and shifted academic parameters”. Writing a Letter Writing an Evaluation Letter 3.

Hoggart discusses mass commercial writers and how they allow for most people to be kept at a readership level in which they can respond. Auden week weekly wife Wilfred Pickles woman women working-class working-people writing young.

Here it is only within their frame work usew understanding that they receive their required amusement. Any elements of natural beauty are rather manipulated and altered through digital programmes such as Photoshop.

Framing within the media, too often now is usses a political nature. Ideas of technological determinism are envisioned throughout the work of theorist Marshall McLuhan. As Hoggart’s masterpiece continues to remind us, it is still possible to regret the debris left behind in its sleek, anaesthetising wake.

Following up the story 24 hours later, it printed a quiz-cum-questionnaire inspired by Hoggart’s thesis and affecting to explore contemporary social attitudes. Writing Guides for Students Writing a Memoir 2. An element litwracy time has to pass in order for a text to be regarded within this field. But the impact of ltieracy Hoggart thesis on later students of post-war Britain cannot be overestimated.

Place and placelessness E. It is deeply readable, probably because it is noticeably shot-through with a emotional identification with and intuitive sympathy for the manners of speech, behaviour, and even thought of the sues community Hoggart studies. Not everything in The Uses of Literacy entirely convinces. Analogously, free speech is not just a matter of what can be said; it is increasingly important who owns the vehicles through which that speech is produced, circulated, and received.

A sense of collective belongingness and togetherness is a fundamental aspect portrayed throughout The Uses of Literacy.

A contemporary reader can obtain a rich feeling of what life was like at the time. To answer these questions with the resources set down by Hoggart, The Uses of Literacy uoggart be placed in its dual historical context.

The Uses of Literacy, by Richard Hoggart

Eliot television there’s things tion tradition usually W. A brief word on the structure and argument of The Uses of Literacy. To a prevailing extent the two perspectives of this opposition can be applied to The Uses of Literacy.

In the end its contents boil down to a disguised autobiography written by a socially mobile but environmentally rooted man, who not only believes in the primacy of “value” but imagines that some kinds of lives are “better” for the people who lead them than others.


Suez’s shock-waves were still resounding through the body politic; the “affluent society” had just been proven to exist; mass communications were revolutionising print and visual media; and here was a former scholarship boy, a classic deracinated litetacy in the Lawrence mould, examining, in warm and punctilious detail, some of the fatal consequences of affluence on the processes of ordinary life. Through time, society just like media technologies change aligning the present to the past within a media archaeological approach.

These threats of Masstification, to a degree go unnoticed to the average citizen who gain a dependency on the media and their technologies, thus changing their social behaviour. Observations highlighted throughout include: Through close observation and an emotional empathy deriving, in part, from his own working-class background, Hoggart defines a fairly homogeneous and representative group of working-class people.

Additionally problematic issues of communication arise as we can only perceive communication through the frameworks put in place which contribute to our own experiences. 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. This page was last edited on 18 Marchat Although published in the late s and discussed and promoted tye a quintessential 50s artefact, its locus classicus looks to be a good quarter-century earlier; the less fragmented working- class environment which Hoggart holds up as his exemplar was probably on the way out a couple of decades before he set to higgart.

Register Lost your password? The Bonzos hogggart it from the title of a spoof American gangster film invented by Hoggart to symbolise what he called the “invitations to the candy floss world”. It is interesting to ask how far this can run parallel to his differing stance with his ability of orchestrating language, now observing from the outside through to the inside.