Worktowners at Blackpool: Mass-Observation and Popular Leisure in the 1930s

Worktowners at Blackpool: Mass-Observation and Popular Leisure in the 1930s

Worktowners at Blackpool: Mass-Observation and Popular Leisure in the 1930s

Worktowners at Blackpool: Mass-Observation and Popular Leisure in the 1930s

Synopsis

Gary Cross publishes the findings of this largely forgotten study by the Mass-Observers who followed the annual pilgrimage of labourers to Blackpool, hoping to discover what attracted workers to this centre of Victorian culture.

Excerpt

A simple convention was followed in editing this material: where words or sentences are added for clarity or to facilitate transitions, I bracket them. When reports are quoted, I indent or place quotation marks around them and note where I edit out material with ellipses. All other material is edited from the 'texts'. Although there was no table of contents upon which to base the organisation of the study, I tried wherever possible to follow internal evidence as a guide for ordering the flow of the chapters. While some of the chapters are combined texts, unless bracketed, all titles are taken from the texts written by the Mass-Observation authors, principally Tom Harrisson.

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