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

Miles, Andrew and Savage, Mike (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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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.bloomsbury.com/(X(1)S(ojzrko45txjwnfqnq...
Additional Information: © 2012 The Social History Society
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2012 11:52
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47279/

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