||Affluent Worker in the Class Structure, 1961-1962
|| Affluent Worker, 1961-1962
|| National Social Policy and Social Change Archive
Goldthorpe, J.H., University of Oxford. Nuffield College
Lockwood, D., University of Essex. Department of Sociology
Bechhofer, F., University of Edinburgh. Research Centre for Social Sciences
Platt, J., University of Sussex. School of Social Sciences
Economic and Social Research Council
Qualitative - Major studies
Social and occupational mobility - Social stratification and groupings
|The 'Affluent Worker' project was undertaken to test empirically the thesis of working class embourgeoisement. The research studied the attitudes and behaviour of high wage earners in three mass or continous flow companies. During 1961-1962, married, male workers from three Luton factories (Vauxhall, Skefco and Laporte) were firstly interviewed at work and then, again, at home with their wives. Additionally, a sample of middle-class white-collar workers from the same companies were interviewed only at home.
The full Affluent Worker data collection (including a set of interviews conducted in Cambridge as a pilot prior to the main Luton study) is held at the National Social Policy and Social Change Archive, part of the Albert Sloman Library Special Collections, based at the University of Essex. The materials are paper based and authorised copies are permitted as copyright is retained by the University of Essex. Consultation is by appointment only. However, a digitised subset of the Luton study interviews, in the form of an MS Access database, is available from the UK Data Archive under SN 4871: Affluent Worker in the Class Structure: a Digitised Sample of the Luton Study, 1961-1962.
Social attitudes, family life, social mobility, employment, lifestyle, education, social class.
By principal investigator(s):
Goldthorpe, J.H. et al. (1968) Political attitudes and behaviour, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-07204-2.
Goldthorpe, J.H. et al. (1969) The affluent worker in the class structure, London: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-09533-6.
Resulting from secondary analysis:
Devine, F. (1992) Affluent worker revisited: privatism and the working class, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 0-748-60380-8.
Savage, M. (2005) 'Working class identities in the 1960s: revisiting the Affluent Worker studies', Sociology, 39(5), pp.929-946.
Savage, M. (2008) 'Elizabeth Bott and the formation of modern British sociology', Sociological Review, 56(4), pp. 579-605.
Savage, M. (2008) 'Affluence and social change in the making of technocratic middle class identities', Contemporary British History, 22(4), pp.457-476.
Savage, M. (2010) Identities and social change in Britain since 1940: the politics of method, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Savage, M. (2010) 'Using archived qualitative data: researching socio-cultural change' in J. Mason and A. Dale (eds.) Understanding social research: thinking creatively about method, London: Sage.