The Labour governments 1964-1970 volume 1

Labour and cultural change

By Steven Fielding

The Labour governments 1964-1970 volume 1

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8060-9
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: September 2008
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Political parties, Society & social sciences / Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies, POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / General, Political parties, Politics & government, United States of America, USA, Politics


This book, newly available in paperback, is the first in the new series The Labour governments, 1964-70 and concentrates on Britain's domestic policy during Harold Wilson's tenure as Prime Minister.

The book deals, in particular, with how the Labour government and Labour party as a whole tried to come to terms with the 1960s 'cultural revolution'. It is grounded in original research, takes unique account of responses from Labour's grass roots and from Wilson's ministerial colleagues, and constructs a 'total history' of the party at this critical moment in history.

Steven Fielding situates Labour in its wider cultural context and focuses on how the party approached issues such as the apparent transformation of the class structure, the changing place of women, rising black immigration, the apparently widening generation gap and increasing calls for direct participation in politics.

The book will be of interest to all those concerned with the development of contemporary British politics and society as well as those researching the 1960s. Together with the other books in the series, on international policy and economic policy, it provides an unrivalled insight into the development of Britain under Harold Wilson's government.


Introduction - Cultural and political change in 1960s Britain
1. Labour's organisational culture
2. Responding to 'affluence'
3. Reconciling the classes
4. Appealing to women
5. 'Integration' and black immigration
6. 'Responsibility' and the young
7. Engaging with 'participation'
Conclusion The 1970 general election


Steven Fielding is Associate Professor and Reader in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham

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