TITLE

Friends of the people: parliamentary supporters of popular radicalism, 1832-1849

AUTHOR(S)
Nicholls, David
PUB. DATE
June 1997
SOURCE
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Summer1997, Vol. 62 Issue 2, p127
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The utility of class as an explanatory concept historical writing has been seriously questioned in recent times. Historians have looked to other forms of identity, such as gender and nation, to understand social consciousness and social relations. This trend has been encouraged by a poststructural attention to the role of language in shaping consciousness, and by a postmodern distrust of grand narratives, like Marxism, structured around overarching social categories like class. The dethronement of class has led to an emphasis upon continuity rather than conflict in social relations, a continuity underpinned by a common attachment on the part of both the middle and the working classes to a long tradition of liberal radical and national ideas. The foregrounding of ideological negotiation and political continuity is set, of course, against an alternative perspective, primarily inspired by Marxism, which emphasizes the dialectic of class conflict and the significance of conjunctural crises and breaks in the web of history.
ACCESSION #
6380849

 

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