Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements

Youth Movements, Citizenship and the English Countryside

Creating Good Citizens, 1930-1960

Authors: Edwards, Sian

  • Explores the topic of youth from a rural perspective by using the countryside as a lens for understanding youth training
  • Compares the similarities and differences of four different youth movements
  • Analyses change and continuity through the interwar period, the Second World War and the post-war period
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This book explores the significance and meaning of the countryside within mid-twentieth century youth movements. It examines the ways in which the Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Woodcraft Folk and Young Farmers’ Club organisations employed the countryside as a space within which ‘good citizenship’ – in leisure, work, the home and the community – could be developed.  Mid-century youth movements identified the ‘problem’ of modern youth as a predominantly urban and working class issue. They held that the countryside offered an effective antidote to these problems: being a ‘good citizen’ within this context necessitated a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with the rural sphere. Avenues to good citizenship could be found through an enthusiasm for outdoor recreation, the stewardship of the countryside and work on the land. However, models of good citizenship were intrinsically gendered. 

About the authors

Sian Edwards is Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Winchester, UK.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65157-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Youth Movements, Citizenship and the English Countryside
Book Subtitle
Creating Good Citizens, 1930-1960
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65157-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65157-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65156-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 296
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