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Working men's bodies: Work camps in Britain, 1880-1940

John Field


The book provides a comprehensive account of work camp movements in Britain before 1939, based on thorough archival research, and on the reminiscences of participants. It starts with their origins in the labour colony movement of the 1880s, and examines the subsequent fate of labour colonies for the unemployed, and their broadening out as disciplined and closed therapeutic communities for such groups as alcoholics, epileptics, tuberculosis sufferers and the ‘feeble-minded’. It goes on to examine utopian colonies, inspired by anarchist, socialist and feminist ideas, and designed to develop the ... More

Keywords: Work camps, Labour colonies, Masculinity, Work, Male identities, The body, Unemployment, Therapeutic communities, Training, Social policy, Communitarianism, Domestic labour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719087684
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Field, author