Working-Class Studies in the United Kingdom

This bibliography was created by Dr. Mike Savage, Department of Sociology, University of Manchester, for the first seminar in Working-Class Lives: Geographies and Sociologies, a two-year series of seminars sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council in the United Kingdom.  We are grateful to Savage and to the seminar organizers for allowing us to add this bibliography to our site.


This is a chronological indicative bibliography of book length monographs on some aspect of the British working classes. The bibliography is selective, and drawn from data base searches from Manchester University library. I would be interested to hear from anyone with thoughts for additions (or deletions?)

Dennis, Norman, F. Henriques, and C. Slaughter. Coal is our Life. Eyre and Spottiswode, 1956.

Richard Hoggart. The Uses of Literacy, Aspects of Working-Class Life. Chatto and Windus, 1957.

Michael Young and Peter Willmott. Family and Kinship in East London. Routledge, 1957.

Brian Jackson and Dennis Marsden. Education and the Working Class: Some General Themes Raised by a Study of 88 Working-Class Children in a Northern Industrial City. Routledge, 1962.

Edward Thompson. The Making of the English Working Class. Gollancz, 1963.

Eric Hobsbawm. Labouring Men. Wiedenfeld and Nicholson, 1964.

W.G. Runciman. Relative Deprivation and Social Justice: Attitudes to Social Inequality. London: Routledge, 1966.

Brian Jackson. Working-Class Community: Some General Notions Raised by a Series of Studies in Northern England. Routledge, 1968.

John Goldthorpe and David Lockwood (with Frank Bechoffer and Jennifer Platt). The Affluent Worker in the Class Structure. Cambridge University Press, 1968-1969.

John Foster. Class Struggle and the Industrial Revolution. Methuen, 1974.

Martin Bulmer, ed. Working-Class Images of Society. Routledge, 1975.

Huw Beynon. Working for Ford. Penguin, 1975.

Paul Willis. Learning to Labour. Gower, 1977.

Howard Newby. The Deferential Worker. Penguin, 1977.

Bob Blackburn and Michael Mann. The Working Class in the Labour Market. MacMillan, 1979.

John Clark, Charles Critcher, and Richard Johnson, eds. Working-Class Culture: Studies in History and Theory. Hutchinson, 1979.

Gareth Stedman Jones. Languages of Class: Studies in English Working-Class History, 1832-1982. Cambridge University Press, 1983.

Richard Jenkins. Lads, Citizens and Ordinary Kids: Working-Class Youth Life Styles in Belfast. Routledge, 1983.

Mike Savage. The Dynamics of Working-Class Politics. Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Fiona Devine. Affluent Workers Revisited. Edinburgh University Press, 1992.

Pamela Fox. Class Fictions: Shame and Resistance in the British Working-Class Novel. Duke University Press, 1994.

Anna Clark. The Struggle for the Breeches: Gender and the Making of the British Working Class. Rivers Oram, 1995.

Richard Biernacki. The Fabrication of Labor: Germany and Britain, 1640-1914. University of California Press, 1995.

Pat Mahoney and Christine Zmorczek, eds. Class Matters! Working-Class Women's Perspectives on Social Class. Taylor and Francis, 1997.

Beverley Skeggs. Formations of Class and Gender. Sage, 1997.

Diane Reay. Class Work: Mothers Involvement in their Childrens Primary Schooling. UCL Press, 1998.

Marc Steinberg. Fighting Words: Working-Class Formation, Collective Action and Discourse in Early 19th Century England. Cornell University Press, 1999.

Simon Charlesworth. The Phenomenology of Working-Class Experience. Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Steph Lawler. Mothering the Self: Mothers, Daughters, Subjects. Routledge, 2000.

Jonathan Rose. The Intellectual History of the British Working Class. Yale University Press, 2001.

Valerie Walkerdine, H. Lucey, and June Melody. Growing Up Girl: Psychosocial Explanations of Gender and Class. Palgrave, 2001.

Sheila Rowbotham and Huw Beynon. Looking at Class: Television and the Working-Class in Britain. Rivers Oram, 2001.

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