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Nostalgia and the post-war Labour Party
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Nostalgia and the post-war Labour Party: Prisoners of the past

Richard Jobson

Abstract

This book examines the impact that nostalgia has had on the Labour Party’s political development since 1951. In contrast to existing studies that have emphasised the role played by modernity, it argues that nostalgia has defined Labour’s identity and determined the party’s trajectory over time. It outlines how Labour, at both an elite and a grassroots level, has been and remains heavily influenced by a nostalgic commitment to an era of heroic male industrial working-class struggle. This commitment has hindered policy discussion, determined the form that the modernisation process has taken and ... More

Keywords: Labour Party, Nostalgia, Identity, Post-war Britain, Modernisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526113306
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526113306.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Jobson, author
Stipendiary Lecturer in Modern History at The Queen's College, University of Oxford