The Good Citizen in the Community
This chapter explores the training given to young people about their future role in community life. It charts the ways in which members were trained to interact with the world around them, and the national and international community. As a chapter it serves to highlight the specific political agendas of these youth organizations and the ways in which meanings of citizenship, framed through rhetoric of duty and rights, developed across the mid-twentieth century. To demonstrate this, it explores the ways in which ideas about citizenship and community played out in discussions of access to and protection of the land. In doing so, it highlights the importance of the rural in conceptualizations of national identity in the mid-century as the British Empire was in decline.