© 2006

Mass Observation and Everyday Life

Culture, History, Theory

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Nick Hubble
    Pages 17-37
  3. Nick Hubble
    Pages 38-78
  4. Nick Hubble
    Pages 79-103
  5. Nick Hubble
    Pages 104-132
  6. Nick Hubble
    Pages 133-164
  7. Nick Hubble
    Pages 165-199
  8. Nick Hubble
    Pages 200-225
  9. Nick Hubble
    Pages 226-229
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 230-250

About this book


The social-research organization Mass-Observation was founded in 1937. In this book, the true extent and significance of Mass-Observation's unique role in the formation of postwar Britain's idea of itself through the examination of everyday life across the long twentieth century. An excellent guide to Mass-Observation and the period generally, this scholarly work also provides surprising insights into the role social research has played in the development of policy and mass democracy.


anthropology culture democracy Nation organization politics social research society transformation

About the authors

NICK HUBBLE is Senior Lecturer in English at Brunel University, UK. A former Research Fellow at the Mass-Observation Archive, he has also taught at the University of Sussex, Kingston University and the University of Central England, Birmingham, UK.

Bibliographic information


'An insightful new history.' - The New Yorker

'Hubble's account is much needed, and the depth of detail and analysis that is evident in it ensures that it is likely to remain an essential guide to Mass Observation for years to come.' - Textual Practice

'An excellent appreciation of Tom Harrisson and his fellow Mass Observation co-founders.' - History Workshop Journal

'An important book...invaluable to anyone wanting to understand what lay behind Mass Observation and how the organization developed.' - Literature and History

'Hubble provides an exhaustive investigation into the origins of Mass Observation [and] their influence on successive generations of intellectuals.' - Journal of Interdisciplinary History