Richard Hoggart's book, The Uses of Literacy, established his reputation as a uniquely sensitive and observant chronicler of English working-class life. This pioneering work, first published in 1957, examines changes in the life and values of the English working class in response to mass media. It maps out a new methodology in cultural studies based around interdisciplinary and a concern with how textsin this case, mass publicationsare stitched into the patterns of lived experience. Mixing personal memoir with social history and cultural critique. The Uses of Literacy anticipates recent interest in modes of cultural analysts that refuse to hide the author behind the mask of objective social scientific technique. In its method and in its rich accumulation of the detail of working-class life, this volume remains useful and absorbing.


A Local Habitation 1918–1940

chapter Chapter 1|30 pages

St James’s

chapter Chapter 2|25 pages

Potter Newton

chapter Chapter 3|32 pages

Newport Street

chapter Chapter 4|33 pages

Hunslet, Holbeck and Beyond

chapter Chapter 5|17 pages

Interlude: Leeds at Large

chapter Chapter 6|18 pages

Jack Lane

chapter Chapter 7|28 pages


chapter Chapter 8|37 pages



A Sort of Clowning 1940–1959

part One|70 pages

The War Years

chapter Chapter 1|26 pages

Oswestry to the Otranto 1940–2

chapter Chapter 2|19 pages

North Africa and Pantelleria 1942–3

chapter Chapter 3|23 pages

Naples 1943–6

part Two|101 pages

Wandering Teacher

chapter Chapter 4|24 pages

Redcar and Marske 1946–9

chapter Chapter 5|25 pages

Hull: Settings and Settling in 1949–59

chapter Chapter 6|26 pages

Teaching-and-Writing the 1950s

chapter Chapter 7|24 pages

Interlude–USA 1956–7

part Three|50 pages

Taking Stock

chapter Chapter 8|29 pages

‘There’s No Vocabulary’: On Family Life


An Imagined Life 1959–1991

part One|141 pages

Provincial and National: The 1960s

chapter Chapter 1|24 pages

The Delta: Going Public

chapter Chapter 2|20 pages

Mild Midlands: Leicester 1959–64

chapter Chapter 4|37 pages

Great Hopes from Birmingham 1962–70

part Two|159 pages

International Life and Back to Britain: The 1970s and 1980s

chapter Chapter 6|31 pages

A World Apart: UNESCO, 1970–5