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On Classes and Masses

The Cleft Society
ByRichard Hoggart

Spiralling ever closer to the ground, from belief and unbelief through love and self-love, capitalism and democracy, we come to the actual world of pavements and people, shoving and pushing, shops and lamplights, of washing up and dressing down, of contemporary cultural phenomena which we pore over intently these days but seem hardly to understand much better. More immediately, we move now from the political life of society to the public life of the inner neighbourhoods and outer suburbs, and the private life of our convictions and prejudices. Less memoir, rather more meditation, much more manifesto.