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The Uses of Literacy

HoggartThe Uses of Literacy by Richard Hoggart was first published in 1957. Part autobiography, part English literature and even part anthropology, it was an attempt to understand the changes that were taking place in the kinds of working class communities from which he came as a result of the arrival of mass media.  The book helped to make Hoggart’s name – he was appointed Professor of English at the University of Birmingham in 1962 and two years later, established the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies.  Although cultural studies at Birmingham changed radically over the years, Hoggart’s committment to taking both popular culture and working class life seriously remained a core influence throughout.