Behaviouralism disregards political culture

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intro: thompson was a historian with marxist background whose interest in radical political works sets him appart from others authors we studied. He, as hoggart, followed culturalism, a perspective that stresses human agency, or the active pruduction of culture and not its passive consumption. His book The making of the english working class really embodies the term, since in it he traces the development on the english working class between 1780 and 1832, more or less the time encompassed by the industrial revolution. The book can be seen as a rescue operation of the members (especially radicals) of the working class lost in a history lead by the deaths of monarchs, statesman, military leadersand politicians. These "other historiess" with the working class as active agents of change challenge it. His technique involves tracing key moments of radical conflict and analysing resistance and political struggle. Some important events in the radical wc agency are the popular revolts that influenced the english jacobin agitation at the end of the 18c; the particular experience of industrial workers to gain insight of the industrial work discipline, influenced by methodism and methodist church( the poor law) and finally, the story of plebeian radicalism in relation to wc consciousness and politics, such as luddism. Chartism is an honorable mention since, despite being outside the limits of TMEWC, it gives an idea of what was lacking in britain befores, during and after its existence. // The key thing is that he puts the wc at the centre of historical change, rejecting yhe notion of them being simple pawns. Like wise, the emergence of the wc is seen as an active process, and the wc as the product of an active struggle. It isn't a definition or structure, but something that happens. Indeed, the wc is not isolated bc it happens or exits in relation to other classes: their existence is one in terms of antagonism, or an opposition between the ruling class and the rest.// experience, conciousness, antagonism and politics: the wc is the translation of experience into culture, which leads to class consciousness, or a sense of belonging. All in all, experience is what consolidates identity, and thompson links it to a growth of political conciousness too. Between the years 1780&1832. The wc felt an indentity of interest amongst themselves & against their employers or rulers.// wc radicalism: he also paid close attention to wc radicalism, first the term "radical" refers to the lower class. Wc radicalism and corresponding societies go hand in hand, since thompson describes them to give historical substance to the rise of wc radicalism. At the end of the 18c, working men began clubs and societies which channelled radical ideas. By the star of the 19, the London Cs and thomas paine's The right of men, a key book in political radicalism, were banned. But circulated in secret, moreover they prohibited mass meetings. Thompson's conclusion was that, despite the strenght in unity of the monarchy, church and upper class, by the 1830s the wc class was consolidated as a force.// Conclusion on TMEWC and his main ideas as a whole; class as a historical phenomenon, recognizing its processes of development class as an experience which leads to wc conciousness. Societay it what determinates wc experience. Society at the same time is determined by relations of production, a marxist term based on economy industrialization
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