The Good Citizen at Work

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


This chapter explores the information given to members of youth organizations about work, and argues that across the period of 1930–1960 youth movements encouraged members to develop good citizenship through the performance of agricultural work on the land, particularly in wartime. Discussions of work were highly gendered however, and this chapter will explore fears around unemployed boys and the advice given to girls about career opportunities in the mid-century. Despite the gendered nature of advice for the sphere of work the continued importance of the land in discussions regarding employment reveals an interesting continuity in the centrality of the countryside in understandings of citizenship within these movements.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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