Narrativity, Narrative Identity, and Social Action: Rethinking English Working-Class Formation

@article{Somers1992NarrativityNI,
  title={Narrativity, Narrative Identity, and Social Action: Rethinking English Working-Class Formation},
  author={Margaret R. Somers},
  journal={Social Science History},
  year={1992},
  volume={16},
  pages={591-630}
}
The nineteenth-century English working class bears a most peculiar burden and embodies a most peculiar paradox. Like Auden’s academic warriors who spar with “smiles and Christian names,” historians, economists, and sociologists have pushed and prodded early nineteenth-century English working people into procrustean political positions to support or disconfirm Marx’s predictions of revolutionary class conflict erupting from the contradictions of capitalism. A Manichaean concern locks the debate… Expand