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Being Boys: Youth, Leisure and Identity in the Inter-war Years

Melanie Tebbut


This original and fresh approach to the emotions of adolescence focuses on the leisure lives of working-class boys and young men in the inter-war years. Being Boys challenges many stereotypes about their behaviour. It offers new perspectives on familiar and important themes in interwar social and cultural history, ranging from the cinema and mass consumption to boys' clubs, personal advice pages, street cultures, dancing, sexuality, mobility and the body. It draws on many autobiographies and personal accounts and is particularly distinctive in offering an unusual insight into working-class ado ... More

Keywords: Boys, masculinity, interwar, youth, British history, Leisure, adolescence, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719066139
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719066139.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melanie Tebbut, author