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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Key features of this are the tabloid newspapers, advertising, and the triumph of Hollywood. To answer these questions with the resources set down by Hoggart, The Uses of Literacy must if placed in its dual historical context.

Kittler,F Optical Media. Some of the older fashioned media outlets were playing catch up with the newer ones. The Uses of Literacyit is often pointed out, is an account of the private life of the litteracy, with the public world of politics centred around the workplace, and the at times creative, at times destructive tension between the two wholly excluded.

The Uses of Literacy was lliteracy attempt to understand the changes in culture in Britain caused by “massification”. Although published in the late s and discussed and promoted as 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 work.

Framing within the media, too often now is of a political nature. A sense of collective belongingness and togetherness is a fundamental aspect portrayed throughout The Uses of Literacy.

Above all, there was its timeliness. 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.

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In its method and in its rich accumulation of the detail of working-class life, this volume remains useful and absorbing. Thus the s was a time when local and traditional values were uprooted and what began to emerge, is what has prevailed since, a bourgeois hegemonic society.

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The Uses of Literacy, by Richard Hoggart

As Hoggart’s masterpiece continues to remind us, it is still possible to regret the debris left behind in its sleek, anaesthetising wake. Student Teacher Writer Other. The Uses of Literacy also provoked wide-ranging and vocal debate in the British New Left of the late s, and it is the nature and contours of this debate that I find instructive: In a contemporary perspective media control is vastly centralised amongst the elite monolithic corporations.

They have intolerable pretensions; and pander to the wish to have things both ways, to do as we want and accept no consequences. In his study Hoggart looks at pulp fictionpopular magazines and newspapers and the movies and finds in all of these, “drift”. Once further time has passed the book becomes embedded further as an archaeology of knowledge, shedding light on the changing social attitudes in the first half of the 20th century.

In attempting to describe the lives, attitudes and setting a fairly representative and homogeneous group of working class is defined throughout Hoggart,p. The previous elements of localism, urbanism, personal and traditional highlighted within the first part of the book are in decline due to the prevailing mass culture.

Using the word yielding within the title is suggestive of change, in giving up ones place in culture or society or giving away under pressures from a distance. It is quite dated and patronising. Living and Letting Live. Many of us from differing class perspectives are surely guilty of consuming mundane and sensationalism texts, such as the many outlets of reality TV which allow a feel good factor, gaining a satisfaction at the discredit of others.

Account Options Sign in. Username or Email or login with. Simultaneously, his influence extends to altogether remoter rungs of the cultural ladder. To a certain extent though dismissive tones which the working classes hold of naivety and ignorance are projected throughout. Login Username Password or login with. 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.

Its catchment area, confined to the northern working class can seem uncomfortably narrow. This page was last edited on 18 Marchat Yielding Place to New In the second half of The Uses of Literacy Hoggart is descriptive of how the working classes culture is under threat from the mass media, from Masstification and Americanisation.


Opposed to this, and relentlessly breaking it down, are not merely the wool-pulling suavities of the ad-man and sensationalist literature, but less immediate factors such as the educational opportunities that, ironically, had allowed Hoggart and thousands of people like him to make their way in the world.

The roles of gender within the s were different to the present day. 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.

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Writing Guides for Students Writing a Memoir 2. Throughout the second part sex and violent novels, the popular press, magazines and pop music to name a few are discussed. Skip to main content.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. To reduce the argument to its most basic level, thraldom at the hands of the Means Test and the Public Assistance Committee was about to give way to thraldom at the hands of mass entertainment.

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I’m struggling with this one a bit. Both his parents died before he was nine years 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. 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 intellectual in the Lawrence mould, examining, in warm and punctilious detail, some of the fatal consequences of affluence on the processes of ordinary life.

Framing theory As mentioned above it is apparent the field of media archaeology is embedded with the notion of selectivity. Friedrich Kittler documents changes from a renaissance perspective through too modern times.

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