Britain by Mass-Observation


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Mass-Observation was a British social research organisation founded in 1937. Founded by anthropologist Tom Harrisson and poet Charles Madge, Mass-Observation aimed to record everyday life in Britain through a panel of about 500 volunteer observers who either maintained diaries or replied to open-ended questionnaires known as directives. They also paid investigators to anonymously record people's conversation and behaviour at work, on the street and at various public occasions including public meetings, sporting and religious events. In this volume Mass-Observation presents opinions on everything from Hitler to the Lambeth Walk.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
  • Edition: Scarce first edition
  • Date Published: 1939
  • Place Published: Harmondsworth, Middlesex
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Very good +
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: Yes
  • Jacket Condition: Fair
  • Details:
    A Penguin Special. v, [1], 246, [7] p. 18 cm. Paperback in dustjacket. Front flap of jacket detached but present. Tears in jacket spine. Issued with a dustjacket 1/16 of an inch shorter than the book. Blue mark on jacket rear.

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