The Pub and The People: A Worktown Study by Mass Observation
(Tom Harrisson)

The Pub and The People: A Worktown Study by Mass Observation

London: Victor Gollancz, 1943. First edition First printing. Hardcover in light blue cloth. Errata slip tipped in at the title page (see below). 350 pp. with bibliography, illustrated with diagrams. About very good, spine faded as is the gilt lettering on the spine. Some foxing to the text as is usual with British books produced during wartime. One of the scarcest and most sought after books of its type, a mixture of sociology, social history, and pub stories. The Mass Observation group was formed by anthropoligist Harrisson, newspaper reporter, Charleds Madge and filmmaker Humphrey Jennings in 1937 fThe purpose was to make a study of drinking habits of working class England using a nation-wide system of voluntary informants who would report on themselves rather than by specialized study on the spot. Full-time, paid investigators travelled the country listening to the people in their everyday lives during time spent in local pubs. The first section deals with the pub itself--the drinks, the drink-servers, and drinking places. The second part examines and describes the people--drinkers; drinking; drunks singers, pianists, bookies and protitutes; sub-gropus; sports, games and gambling; non-drinking; The Last Hour. Very Good Hardcover (Item ID: WE22740)


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