British Social Trends since 1900: A Guide to the Changing by A. Halsey

By A. Halsey

This e-book tells the tale of adjustments within the social constitution of england from 1900 to the mid Eighties. It contains and is a sequel to traits in British Society considering 1900, a compilation by way of a distinguishd crew of social scientists on the college of Oxford, and the one complete selection of British social records for the 20th century as a whole.

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In April 1986 the newspapers were carrying comment on the possibility of new rules concerning the retirement of women from employment and their entitlement to pensions. This single news item is sufficient to dramatise how much British society has changed in the period since the end of the Second World War. Today the underlying assumptions are that men and women should be treated equally with respect to employment and that laws with respect to gender and employment relations could originate in Europe and have a claim to adherence in Britain.

These problems of delimiting a society in both time and space might well be held to distort the picture induced from the statistics in this book. The period in question is one in which the relations between Britain and the rest of the world have changed radically; and the consequences are not only external but Statistics and Social Trends in Britain 5 ramify throughout the indigenous structure of British life. During the century Britain has lost a vast empire which once: meant that India and Africa and parts of the Middle and Far East were also in a sense the lower strata of British society, the peak of which was the destined inheritance of the successful survivors of institutional discipline ...

24 Between 1976 and 1983 the total of those employed in the health and personal social services increased by nearly 13 per cent. 25 Butthis is an element in the second of our theses to which we can now tum. Economic transformation and social polarisation Before the post-war period came to an end with the oil crisis of 1973-4, there had been 30 years of economic prosperity with high rates of economic growth, full employment and burgeoning public sector activity. The more recent period has been one of declining employment, economic activity shifting out of classical towards 'high tee' or service industry, struggles with inflation, determination to move decision-making out of Westminster and Whitehall into the market and the locality and policies designed to cut back the public and strengthen the private sector.

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