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Class, 1952 - 1969

Reference Code: GBR/0014/ABMS 5/6

Scope and Contents

Working papers on class, covering subjects such as definitions of social class; labour market patterns; social mobility and ambition; classlessness; embourgeoisement; education and higher education; occupational and professional identities; private, cultural, and emotional signifiers of class; politics and the middle classes; class and socio-economic status in the public and private sectors, including the civil service, business, and financial services; and class and the intelligentsia. Consists largely of press cuttings, articles, and survey data, with Mark Abrams's notes and correspondence with the BBC and the Social Science Research Centre, Edinburgh. Includes copies of Mark Abrams's articles "What is the Middle Class?" (1956); "British Social Classes and Class Distinctions" (n.d.), "Is There Class Mobility?" (n.d.); and draft notes for broadcasts on the subject of class, with copies of a script for the programme 'Social Equality: The Class System' (c. 1961) and a BBC script for the programme 'Is There a Working Class?' (n.d.), with Mark Abrams. Also includes typescript copy of Research Services Ltd's 'Pilot Enquiry into Some Aspects of Working-Class Life in London' (October 1956-February 1957), in part 7.


  • 1952 - 1969

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


7 file(s)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Boxes 83-85

Date information

DateText: Includes photocopy of F. G. D'Aeth, 'Present Tendencies of Class Differentiation', Sociological Review, III, No. 4 (October 1910).

Finding aid date

2017-02-22 14:41:08.560000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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