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The uses of shopping: Richard Hoggart goes to Woolworth’s

Bowlby, R; (2021) The uses of shopping: Richard Hoggart goes to Woolworth’s. Textual Practice , 35 (12) pp. 2111-2127. 10.1080/0950236X.2020.1865675. Green open access

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Abstract

In The Uses of Literacy and in the many autobiographical works of his later years, Richard Hoggart wrote about shops and shopping. Taking a distance from the adverse stance of the mid-century literary world to ‘consumer society’ in all its forms, Hoggart consistently represented himself as someone who liked to shop. This essay looks at the changing shopping experiences that Hoggart described, and at the rare distinctiveness of this lifelong interest, for a man of his time and cultural places. It concentrates mainly on the shops he wrote about close to the various homes of his life, but it also briefly considers Hoggart’s accounts of contrasting experiences of touristic consumption: the conviviality of the working-class coach trip, as opposed to the isolations of remote retirement travel.

Type: Article
Title: The uses of shopping: Richard Hoggart goes to Woolworth’s
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0950236X.2020.1865675
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950236X.2020.1865675
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Richard Hoggart, The Uses of Literacy, Woolworth’s, Argoshistory of shopping, consumer culture, gender and shopping, Q.D. Leavis, coach trips, furniture stores, ageing, autobiography
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10123861
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