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Walter Greenwood's 'Love on the Dole'Novel, Play, Film$
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Chris Hopkins

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941145

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941145.001.0001

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(p.263) Conclusion
Walter Greenwood's 'Love on the Dole'

Chris Hopkins

Liverpool University Press

The conclusion sums up the combined influence and significance of all three versions of Love on the Dole (novel, play, film) and summarises just how much it was referred to in public debates about class, unemployment, poverty and the need for a Welfare State not in just in the later thirties, but also in the nineteen-forties, nineteen-fifties and nineteen-sixties. There is discussion of the neglected radio profile of Greenwood’s work, with frequent BBC radio and later television adaptations of Love on the Dole and others of his works. There is an account of how his later works often referred back to Love on the Dole and to the changing situation of British society and of working-class people. Finally, there is an analysis of what models of class-structure and class conflict underpin Love of the Dole and of why these might have been especially acceptable and persuasive and Britain in the nineteen thirties and since.

Keywords:   radio, television, class conflict, class-structure, Welfare State, British society, nineteen-forties, nineteen-fifties, nineteen-sixties, neglect

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