Culture and Society
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
When first published, the book was regarded as having overturned conventional social and historical thinking about culture.
It argues that the notion of culture developed in response to the Industrial Revolution and the social and political changes it brought in its wake. This is done through a series of studies of famous British writers and essayists, beginning with Edmund Burke and William Cobbett, also looking at William Blake, William Wordsworth, etc., and continuing as far as F. R. Leavis, George Orwell and Christopher Caudwell.
The book is still in print, in several editions. It has also been translated into many languages.
- Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society (Croom Helm, 1976). Originally intended as an appendix to Culture and Society.