Languages of Class: Studies in English Working Class History 1832 1982

Gareth Stedman Jones


Languages of Class: Studies in English Working Class History 1832 1982

Languages of Class: Studies in English Working Class History 1832 1982

  • Title: Languages of Class: Studies in English Working Class History 1832 1982
  • Author: Gareth Stedman Jones
  • ISBN: 9780521256483
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover



This collection of essays by Gareth Stedman Jones proposes a different way of seeing both historians analytical conceptions of class , and the actual manifestation of class in the history of English politics and English culture since the 1830s As the progenitor of the first generally acknowledged working class movement, the English working class provided the initial empThis collection of essays by Gareth Stedman Jones proposes a different way of seeing both historians analytical conceptions of class , and the actual manifestation of class in the history of English politics and English culture since the 1830s As the progenitor of the first generally acknowledged working class movement, the English working class provided the initial empirical basis for not only the original Marxist theory of modern industry and proletarian revolution, but also subsequent historians reactions against, or adaptations of, the Marxist theory of class In Languages of Class Gareth Stedman Jones draws a distinction between two conceptions of class the everyday and commonplace perception of its pervasiveness in England, and the Marxist idea of its revolutionary significance He proceeds to challenge the predominant conceptions of the meaning and development of class consciousness by stressing the political and discursive conditions in which particular languages appeared and receded Among the themes of individual essays in the book are a rethinking of the making of the English working class and the phenomenon of Chartism, a novel exploration of the formation and components of working class culture , and, in the light of these, a new approach to understanding the history of the Labour Party.


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In the introduction, Gareth Stedman Jones recounts his intellectual development and explains how and why he has come to see the limits of social explanation, particularly as applied to politics. Based primarily on his work on Chartism, the author believes that politics produce consciousness, not vice versa. Specifically, Stedman Jones argues that Chartism — the movement in support of the People’s Charter of 1838, which advocated manhood suffrage (among other things) — is best understood a [...]


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