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Men in reserve: British civilian masculinites in the Second World War

Juliette Pattinson, Arthur McIvor, and Linsey Robb


This book focuses on working class civilian men who as a result of working in reserved occupations were exempt from enlistment in the armed forces. It utilises fifty six newly conducted oral history interviews as well as autobiographies, visual sources and existing archived interviews to explore how they articulated their wartime experiences and how they positioned themselves in relation to the hegemonic discourse of military masculinity. It considers the range of masculine identities circulating amongst civilian male workers during the war and investigates the extent to which reserved workers ... More

Keywords: Working Class, Masculinities, Reserved Occupations, Civilian Men, ‘Soldier Hero’, Second World War, Work, Oral History

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781526100696
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526100696.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juliette Pattinson, author
Reader in Modern History at the University of Kent

Arthur McIvor, author
Professor in Social History and Director of the Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde

Linsey Robb, author
Senior Lecturer in History at Teesside University