"Working Class Cultures in Britain" uniquely approaches the social history of the working class from the standpoint of the workers themselves. Integrating a variety of of historical methods, the book examines the construction of class within the intimate contexts of the body, the home, the marketplace, the locality and nation. Using these locations, Joanna Bourke assesses how the subjective identity of the "working class"in Britain has been maintained through seventy years of radical social, cultural and economic change.
The book uses gender and ethnicity as a crucial reference point in making the argument for class identity as an social and cultural phenomenon, rather than a political or institutional product. "Working Class Cultures in Britain" provides an excellent introduction to the history and analysis of the working class in this period.