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Harrisson's Worktown

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

The chapter deals with the first phase of Mass-Observation's work in Bolton (known as Worktown) during 1937-38. It discusses the team that Tom Harrisson assembled to observe everyday life in the ... More


Tom Harrisson and Unconventional Warfare

Montgomery McFate

in Military Anthropology: Soldiers, Scholars and Subjects at the Margins of Empire

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780190680176
eISBN:
9780190943059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190680176.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter asks: what can we learn about unconventional warfare from the experience of Tom Harrisson – anthropologist, soldier and hell-raiser extraordinaire who led an army of Kelabit warriors ... More


War Begins

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter looks at how, at the outbreak of war, Mass-Observation looked to the new Ministry of Information for sponsorship, but, despite a brief commission in the autumn of 1939, it was not until ... More


Production

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter discusses Tom Harrisson's alliance with the Advertising Service Guild, a group of progressive advertising agencies which from the summer of 1941 replaced the Ministry of Information as ... More


Metrop

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Leaving Bolton for London in the autumn of 1938 Harrisson was immediately swept up the Munich crisis. The chapter discusses Mass-Observation's account of the popular reactions during the crisis; its ... More


The Summer of 1940

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Monitoring morale for the Ministry of Information during the crisis months of the summer of 1940 brought Harrisson as close as he ever was to come to the centre of power in Britain. The chapter ... More


Blitztown

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

The impact of bombing on civilian morale was closely monitored by a small team of Mass-Observation staff between September 1940 and May 1941. Their reports, commissioned by the Ministry of ... More


Origins

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

The chapter discusses the origins of Mass-Observation and the initial intentions of its two founders, Charles Madge (poet, journalist, surrealist, Communist) and Tom Harrisson (adventurer, ... More


Interregnum

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0012
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This short chapter deals with the impact of conscription on Mass-Observation's staffing, including Harrisson's in June 1942. The survival of detailed internal records covering the next six months ... More


Harrisson's Return

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0014
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

On his return from the Far East in the autumn of 1946 Tom Harrisson energetically set about reinvigorating Mass-Observation, launching new projects, finding new sources of income, and recruiting new ... More


Saving and Spending

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter deals with the new team led by Charles Madge in Bolton between the autumn of 1938 and the outbreak of war. It highlights the key role played by Gertrude Wagner, an Austrian refugee, in ... More


A New Regime

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0015
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter discusses the transformation of Mass-Observation, under its new leadership, into a commercial organisation mainly involved in market research. Among the projects discussed are research ... More


The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

James Hinton

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This is the first full scale history of Mass-Observation, the independent social research organization which, between 1937 and 1949, set out to document the attitudes, opinions, and everyday lives of ... More


Reconstruction

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter discusses Mass-Observation's work on attitudes to reconstruction planning during 1941-42. At odds with most progressive opinion, Harrisson was sceptical about the value of reconstruction ... More


Social Facts and Poetic Authority: The Political Aesthetic of Mass-Observation

Benjamin Kohlmann

in Committed Styles: Modernism, Politics, and Left-Wing Literature in the 1930s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780198715467
eISBN:
9780191783197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715467.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Mass-Observation functions as a focal lens in the context of thirties writing, reflecting some of the decade’s central artistic and political ambitions and spelling out their inherent tensions. While ... More


Conclusion

James Hinton

in The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199671045
eISBN:
9780191750656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671045.003.0016
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter discusses the motivations of Mass-Observation's volunteer panellists, and the reasons forMass-Observation's decline as an independent social research organisation. It argues, against the ... More


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