Sean O'Connell
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      Sean's teaching interests include working class family and community, oral history, gender history, consumerism, and the social history of modern Britain.

      Research Statement

      Sean's work on the history of the car was part of the shift in British social history away from the study of production towards the analysis of consumption and consumers. His more recent projects have continued this interest. These have analyzed the origins of men's consumer magazines, the social and business history of mail order catalogues, the history of working class experiences of consumer credit and debt, and the origins and history of `joyriding.' His research has been supported by grants from the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust (twice), and the AHRC. Sean's most recently published monograph (for Oxford University Press) investigated working class experiences of credit and debt in the UK since 1880. He is currently writing a study which takes this research into a new direction, pursuing the politics of consumer credit between the 1930s and 1990s.


      Dr Sean O'Connell teaches on the following programmes / modules:



      HIS3012Working Class communities in tthe UK 1900-1970
      HIS2019The Making of Modern Britain
      HIS2018The Making of Contemporary Britain
      HIS2063Recording History 

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