Traditionally social science treated culture as a peripheral issue, but the last twenty years have witnessed a cultural turn throughout the social sciences. Culture is now at the core of debate. Culture and Economy After the Cultural Turn examines the impact of the cultural turn for the social sciences in relation to the decline of interest in economic aspects of society. It presents a number of responses to the changing relationship between culture and economy, and to the way in which the cultural turn has sought to understand it.
Chapter 10: The Culture Did it: Comments on the 1997 British General Election
The Culture Did it: Comments on the 1997 British General Election
In May 1997, the British Labour Party won a massive electoral victory over the Conservative Party. After eighteen years of Conservative rule, a period which many commentators saw as bringing about the transformation of British political culture, the apparent hegemony of Thatcherism was overthrown. To some observers of British politics the 1997 General Election was very specifically about issues such as the level of funding of state education and the National Health Service; to others, what was involved were more complex questions about the relationship between culture and politics, and in particular the cultural form (and specifically the cultural form of masculinity) which the ...