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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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Ordinary boys and masculine men

Ordinary boys and masculine men

(p.70) 2 Ordinary boys and masculine men
Being Boys

Melanie Tebbutt

Manchester University Press

Chapter 2 develops the themes of working-class boys andmasculine expectations by examining the inter-war expansion of boys' clubs, which were significantly influenced by the determination to create a movement whose unifying mission was to turn ‘ordinary’ boys into ‘masculine men’. Within the movement, understanding and empathy for their working-class members combined with a desire to reinvigorate masculine values. This shaped a mission whose resonance had broader national implications, given that this ‘most truly working-class youth institution in terms of clientele’ had an authority beyond its size, with many influential supporters contributing to educational and social welfare policy for adolescent males, locally and nationally.

Keywords:   Boys' clubs, Masculinity, boys, Working-class, values, social welfare, adolescence

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