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Working-Class Life in Northern England, 1945–2010

The Pre-History and After-Life of the Inbetweener Generation


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction: Working-Class Life in the Twentieth-Century Interregnum

  3. Some Considerations of Method

  4. The Inbetweeners, Then and Now

  5. Postscript

    1. Tony Blackshaw
      Pages 222-229
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 230-247

About this book


Taking a fresh look the history of northern working-class life in the second half of the twentieth century, this book turns to the concept of generation and generational change. The author explores Zygmunt Bauman's bold vision of modern historical change as the shift from solid modernity to liquid modernity.


Sociology Community Studies Leisure Studies 20th century bibliography concept England history history of literature knowledge landscape living metaphysics Orient present structure time twentieth century

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Health and WellbeingSheffield Hallam UniversityUK

About the authors

Tony Blackshaw is a Reader at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He has published works on a broad range of themes which include the following books: Leisure Life: Myth, Masculinity and Modernity (2003), Zygmunt Bauman (2005), Key Concepts in Community Studies (2010) and Leisure (2010).

Bibliographic information


'In [the book], Blackshaw sets up the 'Inbetweeners', a generation that spans a good deal of the 20th century sitting between an earlier traditional solid working-class and those of the later 'boomer' generation [it] shows us how modern Britain was forged before, during and after the war. The shape of work, industrial relations, post-war political affiliations, and housing tenure are all powerfully influenced by the politics of class. We learn too of the importance of working-class organization and solidarity built across generations.'- Sociology , Volume 48