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Being BoysYouth, Leisure and Identity in the Inter-war Years$
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Melanie Tebbut

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719066139

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719066139.001.0001

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Looking at youth

Looking at youth

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(p.44) 1 Looking at youth
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Being Boys
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Melanie Tebbutt

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719066139.003.0002

Chapter 1 focuses on publications by several well-known youth workers who were also ex-combatants, to suggest the complex commemorative dimension to their work in boys' clubs, where ideas of citizenship, manhood and the rational use of leisure were distinctively fashioned not only by warmemories and experiences but also by heightened post-war awareness of female ‘otherness’ as young women's social and economic visibility increased. The motivations of such writers offer an implicit commentary on older masculinities in the sense that their involvement with these boys suggests the deep emotional legacies of their war experiences andhow these were ‘contained’ not only in writing but in social action.

Keywords:   Post-war, Commemoration, Youth, Boys' clubs, War, Masculinity, Leisure

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