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Centre for the History of Political Thought

Members

Founder and Retired member

Dr Lawrence Black

Reader in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46538

Lawrence Black teaches modern political and cultural history and has mainly written on the history of British political culture. His latest book, Redefining British Politics: Consumerism, Culture and Participation, 1954-70  (2010), uses samples of the interactions between social movements and political parties with socio-cultural change to probe notions of activism, apathy, post-materialism, and the shifting political identities and practices forged in the context of post-1950s affluence. He has also recently co-edited Taking Stock (2009) with Nicole Robertson, which explores the history of the Co-operative movement and consumerism in Britain and Europe. He is now working on a book for OUP about the history of shopping in modern America and Britain, collaborating with Hugh Pemberton on the history of 1970s Britain and with Steven Fielding on a new political history of modern Britain. In 2009 he was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s Center for European Studies. He is a member of the editorial boards of Twentieth Century British History and Contemporary British History. At Durham he convenes a Modern British Studies Seminar with Gidon Cohen in the School of Government and International Affairs. He welcomes enquiries from postgraduates working in all these areas.

Research Interests

  • Modern British political and cultural history
  • Political Culture: social movements, parties, identities, practices, apathy
  • Consumerism, affluence, media, post-materialism, cultural politics, 'the 1970s'
  • History of shopping in the UK and USA since 1899

Publications

Books: authored

Edited essays

Essays in edited volumes

Journal papers: academic

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • History & Archaeology: 20th century British political history
  • Modern History: Britain & Ireland: 20th century British political history
  • Politics & Society: 20th century British political history
  • Government: 20th century British political history
  • Political thought & theory: 20th century British political history
  • History & Archaeology: Post-1945 British social and cultural history: affluence, consumerism, television
  • Modern History: Britain & Ireland: Post-1945 British social and cultural history: affluence, consumerism, television
  • Social sciences: Post-1945 British social and cultural history: affluence, consumerism, television
  • Sociology: Post-1945 British social and cultural history: affluence, consumerism, television