Family and Kinship in East london

by Michael Young and Peter Willmott

First published in 1957, this vivid and touching picture of family life in the East End of the 1950s is one of the great pioneering works of modern sociology.

The authors Willmott and Young “spent three years on ‘field work’ in Bethnal Green and on a new housing estate in Essex. The result is a fascinating study, made during a period of extensive rehousing, of family and community ties and the pull of the ‘wider family’ on working class people. Since its first publication their report has come to be recognized as a classic of modern sociology.” (1972 Pelican edn).