First Year’s Work, 1937-1938

Julia Dahl

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Format
Ebook
ISBN
9780571287246
Date Published
05.04.2012
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Summary

Mass Observation was founded by Tom Harrisson, Charles Madge and Humphrey Jennings in 1937. Its purpose was to create ‘an anthropology of ourselves’ in other words, to study the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain. Discounting an initial pamphlet, this was the second book to be published. It appears in Faber Finds as a part of an extensive reissue programme of the original Mass Observation titles.

Subjects covered include smoking, pub-going and football pools. There is a section given over to some of those who had joined Mass Observation where they explain their reasons for doing so. To quote the original blurb, ‘They include a London park-keeper, a working class girl in the North of England, a middle-aged worker in an armaments factory, a woman teacher in an infant school, a naval petty-officer, a bus-driver’s wife, a Yorkshire weaver, a hospital nurse, a pharmacist in the East End and a steel worker in Scotland.’

Julia Dahl was born and raised in Fresno, California and currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and son. A former journalist, specializing in crime and criminal justice, she is the author of three novels in the Rebekah Roberts series including Invisible City, which was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and won…

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