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The strange survival story of the English gentleman, 1945–2010

Miles, Andrew and Savage, Mike ORCID: 0000-0003-4563-9564 (2012) The strange survival story of the English gentleman, 1945–2010. Cultural and Social History, 9 (4). pp. 595-612. ISSN 1478-0038

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Identification Number: 10.2752/147800412X13434063754643


This article uses evidence from the National Child Development Study and the Mass-Observation project to argue that ideas of 'gentlemanly' behaviour, and a class-coded identity, have not disappeared in post-war English society. Rather, aspects of 'gentlemanly' behaviour - such as modesty about one's achievements and a studied vagueness about one's social position and class identity - provide a means by which people can negotiate the demands of modern 'audit culture', and renew a sense of status.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Social History Society
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2012 11:52
Last Modified: 20 May 2020 02:35

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