Leisure and the Good Citizen

  • Sian Edwards
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)


This chapter examines the significance of leisure in understandings of good citizenship in mid-century youth movements. As a socially acceptable leisure form, youth organizations positioned themselves, and the countryside, as an adventurous alternative to problematic urban leisure pursuits and juvenile delinquency. However, the effectiveness of such tactics came into question following the Second World War when the growing leisure autonomy of young people challenged the relevance of formal youth organizations at this time, with notions of ‘adventure’ increasingly being seen as outdated. A study of discourses of adventure within youth movement, however, reveals that activities were often tempered by gendered social expectations.

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  • Sian Edwards
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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