Posts Tagged ‘history from below’
May 11, 2014 by Lydia Syson
Fieldwork. An anthropology of our own people, in the name of progress. Political empowerment. Or covert surveillance? Furtive notebooks and licked pencils? Psychoanthroposociologic Nosey Parkers, according to the Daily Herald.
You would struggle to find anything more utterly characteristic of the 1930s than the Mass Observation movement, and the mixed responses this social observation project provoked. I don’t think I could have written That Burning Summer without the help of the Mass Observers.