HOGGART THE USES OF LITERACY PDF

Early life[ edit ] Hoggart was born in the Potternewton area of Leeds , one of three children in an impoverished family. His father, a soldier, died when Hoggart was a year old, and his mother died when he was eight. He grew up with his grandmother in Hunslet , and was encouraged in his education by an aunt. He gained a place at Cockburn High School which was a grammar school , after his headmaster requested that the education authority reread his scholarship examination essay. His major work, The Uses of Literacy , was published in

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Share via Email Richard Hoggart. Photograph: Eamonn Mccabe for the Guardian Your obituary of Richard Hoggart 10 April remarked on his decision to become warden of Goldsmiths College that "As a close to a career, it was a diminuendo".

This is to misunderstand both the man and the place. Some people make a point of moving to the most prestigious institution that makes them an offer in the expectation its grandeur will rub off on them.

Others improve and expand the place they are in to make it match their ambitions. He expanded the institution out of recognition with the application of his restless energy, intellectual rigour, exceptional contacts and many hours in committee work which is essential but all too often under-appreciated in public life. I have had no further connection with Goldsmiths except that I spoke at a conference there last week, and I thought of Richard Hoggart: if you seek his monument, look around.

Goldsmiths is now a world-class institution that has nurtured the talents of students such as Damien Hirst and Steve McQueen. It can feel proud of itself, and its former warden.

Though far from a scholarship boy and privately educated, my life was changed by The Uses of Literacy in Discussion was held about the amount of grants the council would give to the major national concert orchestras. In the course of the debate I asked if any grants had been given or would be offered to the numerous brass bands in the UK as they were not mentioned in the budget documents. I replied: "Brass bands are the high arts for many working people in coal mines, factories etc.

Richard Hoggart strongly supported me and after the meeting congratulated me on my comments. We became very close friends after that, so I mourn his passing very deeply and salute his memory.

As a student in the late s and early 60s, I felt adrift from family and student life. My parents had not seen the point of going to university and we could not converse about my studies.

Yet I did not feel at ease at university. I was nicknamed "Bertie", that is "Burlington Bertie from Bow", because of what others regarded — wrongly — as my cockney accent. Hoggart showed me that my experience was not unusual and was common among a new generation able to enter university. He taught me not to abandon my background yet also to make the most of study.

For Hoggart, humane reading and humane education and humane culture and society should be open to everyone, and he deeply deplored those who saw themselves as privileged, not least the patrician William Rees-Mogg who, as chairman of the Arts Council, took it for granted that his journeys from London to his Somerset home and back should be provided by an Arts Council-funded chauffeur-driven car. Not something Richard Hoggart would ever have contemplated.

It seems very little may have changed since the s. Nicholas Jacobs had originally written "my life was changed by The Uses of Literacy in " in his letter, but an editing error in the earlier published version changed that to , the year that the book was published.

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Share via Email Richard Hoggart. Photograph: Eamonn Mccabe for the Guardian Your obituary of Richard Hoggart 10 April remarked on his decision to become warden of Goldsmiths College that "As a close to a career, it was a diminuendo". This is to misunderstand both the man and the place. Some people make a point of moving to the most prestigious institution that makes them an offer in the expectation its grandeur will rub off on them. Others improve and expand the place they are in to make it match their ambitions.

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