Habeas corpus? Cultural keywords, statistical keywords, and the role of a corpus in their identification

Martin Montgomery, Carol Ting

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At the end of World War II, a young officer from the British army was granted immediate demobilization to return to Cambridge in order to complete his degree, which had been interrupted by the war. He had enlisted in the army in 1941 at the age of 20 and had led a unit of four tanks as part of the Guards Armoured Division during the battle for Normandy. After successfully completing his undergraduate degree on his return to Cambridge, he took a job as a tutor with the Workers' Educational Association in the hope that it would also allow him time to write novels and literary criticism. Within 10 years, at the age of 35, he had finished his first major work of criticism. This was to become one of the most influential works of criticism in English of the latter half of the twentieth century, and along with other of his books was to play a decisive role in founding and shaping the academic field of Cultural Studies in the United Kingdom. The man was Raymond Williams, and the book was Culture and Society 1780–1950.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-33
Number of pages33
JournalCritical Quarterly
Early online date25 Sept 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Sept 2023


  • culture
  • ideology
  • keywords
  • meaning
  • New Labour
  • news
  • the press
  • semantics
  • society
  • statistics


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