Male youth, work and leisure, 1918–39
A continuity in lifestyle
in Leisure, citizenship and working-class men in Britain, 1850–1945
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The interwar period witnessed a shift in attitudes towards the long-standing 'problem' of male youth leisure. This chapter examines contemporary debates on the youth problem emanating from official and unofficial bodies. It investigates the research and provision of male youth leisure during a period in which unemployment had reached unprecedented levels and there were increasing domestic and international tensions. The chapter explores the key traits in youth culture, challenging the premiss that new work and leisure patterns fostered a new youth lifestyle peculiar to the interwar period. In his innovative study of interwar youth, David Fowler has argued that changes in disposable income and leisure supply, along with the emergence of a youth consumer market, helped create Britain's first teenagers during the interwar period. The chapter draws comparisons between the late-nineteenth-century youth culture and the youth culture that emerged during the interwar period.


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