Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-4446.2006.00100.x
Title: British sociology and public intellectuals: Consumer society and imperial decline
Authors: Turner, B.S. 
Keywords: Citizenship
Class
Consumerism
Empire
Gender
Race
Welfare state
Issue Date: Jun-2006
Citation: Turner, B.S. (2006-06). British sociology and public intellectuals: Consumer society and imperial decline. British Journal of Sociology 57 (2) : 169-188. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-4446.2006.00100.x
Abstract: The following is the lecture given for the BJS 2005 Public Sociology Debate given at the London School of Economics and Political Science on ll October 2005 This lecture on the character of British sociology provides a pretext for a more general inquiry into public intellectual life in postwar Britain. The argument put forward falls into several distinctive sections. First, British social science has depended heavily on the migration of intellectuals, especially Jewish intellectuals who were refugees from fascism. Second, intellectual innovation requires massive, disruptive, violent change. Third, British sociology did nevertheless give rise to a distinctive tradition of social criticism in which one can argue there were (typically home-grown) public intellectuals. The main theme of their social criticism was to consider the constraining and divisive impact of social class, race and gender on the enjoyment of expanding social citizenship. Fourth, postwar British sociology came to be dominated by the analysis of an affluent consumer society. Finally, the main failure of British sociology in this postwar period was the absence of any sustained, macro-sociological analysis of the historical decline of Britain as a world power in the twentieth century.
Source Title: British Journal of Sociology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/115618
ISSN: 00071315
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2006.00100.x
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