Laurie Taylor and guests Adam Kuper, Professor of Social Anthropology, Brunel University and Kathryn Hughes, biographer and Associate Editor of Prospect Magazine discuss why tracking down family history has become such a popular new pursuit. Is it a demonstration of a new confidence or an indicator that all is not well in society?
Laurie also considers the legacy of the late David Reisman, author of The Lonely Crowd, the most successful book ever written by an American sociologist. Reisman’s friend and collaborator, Nathan Glazer, joins Laurie from Boston to talk about how it came to be written and its continuing influence on a generation who are as keen as ever to analyse what popular culture can tell us about how and why we live the lives we do.
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