Respectable: Lynsey Hanley with Dawn Foster

What does it mean to be middle class or working class? How does class affect us?

In her latest book, Respectable (Allen Lane), Lynsey Hanley argues that class remains resolutely with us, as strongly as it did fifty years ago, and with it the idea of aspiration, of social mobility, which received wisdom tells us is an unequivocally positive phenomenon, for individuals and for society as a whole.

Lynsey Hanley is the author of Estates: An Intimate History (Granta), and is a regular contributor to the Guardian. Listen to Hanley in conversation with Dawn Foster, author of Lean Out (Repeater Books); and writer on politics, social affairs and economics for the Guardian and the London Review of Books.