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Meet Yourself on Sunday by Mass Observation
  

Meet Yourself on Sunday

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Synopsis

Meet Yourself on Sunday by Mass Observation

Mass Observation was founded by Tom Harrisson, Charles Madge and Humphrey Jennings in 1937. Its purpose was to create 'an anthropology of ourselves' in other words, to study the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain. Discounting an initial pamphlet, this was the nineteenth book to be published. It appears in Faber Finds as a part of an extensive reissue programme of the original Mass Observation titles. Both Meet Yourself on Sunday and its companion Meet Yourself at the Doctor's were first published in 1949 towards the end of Mass Observation's initial period. They share something else in common: they are both gloriously illustrated by Ronald Searle. Meet Yourself on Sunday shows how the day of rest was spent in 1949. Here is Sunday in parks, pubs and prisons, in towns and at the seaside, in places as far apart as Soho and a remote Somerset village. 'Observers' go into people's homes to find out how they spend Sundays, to see who goes to Church and who does not. This is a deliciously funny piece of social history; Sunday was a bit boring, one almost expects Tony Hancock to deliver a soliloquy from Railway Cuttings, East Cheam!

About the Author

Mass Observation was founded in 1937 by Tom Harrission, Charles Madge and Humphrey Jennings. Its purpose was to create an 'anthropology of ourselves', in other words, to provide a study of the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain. In its first period, from 1937 to 1950, it published twenty-two books, many of which are being reissued in Faber Finds. These books constitute a unique social history of the period. Since 1970 the Mass Observation Archive has been at Sussex University. In 1981 the New Mass Observation Project was born. It is run from the Archive under the direction of Dorothy Sheridan. The Archive is a magnificent resource which continues to provide rich material for books. Recent publications have included Nella Last's War, Nella Last's Peace, Our Longest Days (all published by Profile) and three selections of Mass Observation Diaries of the Second World War and just after , edited by Simon Garfield and published by Ebury Press.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 2009

Author

Mass Observation

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
78 pages
Interest Age: From 0 to 0 years

Categories

Social & cultural history


ISBN

9780571251087

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