Bourgeois news: Humphrey Jennings and Charles Madge

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 2001 Number 44

Bourgeois news: Humphrey Jennings and Charles Madge
Rod Mengham pages -


Surrealism can be seen as a formative influence both upon the origins of sociology in Britain, and upon a war-time and post-war new realism that was concerned with the portrayal of working-class culture. This can be seen in the surrealist humour of the original manifesto of Mass-Observation, ‘Anthropology at Home’. Madge’s ‘Bourgeois News’, as well as Malinowski’s work, emphasises the importance of surrealist humour as a means of achieving the ‘home coming’ of anthropology, in order to gain a new sense of proportion with regard to our own institutions, beliefs, and customs.

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Rod Mengham (2001) Bourgeois news: Humphrey Jennings and Charles Madge, New Formations, 2001(44), -

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