The Unmaking Of The English Working Class



Historian Jon Lawrence of Cambridge University asks what has happened to the working class? Fifty years ago their 'making' was celebrated by EP Thompson, now they are near extinct. What does every politician's friend - the so-called hard working family - think of the working class? Is such a label now a badge of shame rather than honour? Are we nearer to a 'classless' society than ever before? Drawing on extensive new and unpublished research, and on his own working class family origins in Bristol, Jon Lawrence seeks to ask how the working has been 'unmade' in Britain and who did it?

Producer: Tim Dee