The new book of snobs / D.J. Taylor.
Publication year: 2016
Publisher: London : Constable, 2016.
ISBN: 9781472123947 (hbk.) :
Short of calling someone a racist or a paedophile, one of the worst charges you can lay at anybody's door in the early 21ty-first century is to suggest that they happen to be a snob. But what constitutes snobbishness? Snobbery is, in fact, one of the keys to contemporary British life, as vital to the backstreet family on benefits as the proprietor of the grandest stately home, and an essential element of their view of who of they are and what the world might be thought to owe them. This book will take a marked interest in language, the vocabulary of snobbery - as exemplified in the 'U' and 'Non U' controversy of the 1950s - being a particular field in which the phenomenon consistently makes its presence felt, and alternate social analysis with sketches of groups and individuals on the Thackerayan principle.
275 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
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