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Images of Youth: Age, Class, and the Male Youth Problem, 1880-1920
     

Images of Youth: Age, Class, and the Male Youth Problem, 1880-1920

by Harry Hendrick
 

Images of Youth demonstrates the significance, long underestimated, of the male adolescent in British society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The male working-class youth was regarded as posing a serious problem—not only economically, but morally and socially as well. Investigating the causes of this, Hendrick examines the attitudes

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Images of Youth demonstrates the significance, long underestimated, of the male adolescent in British society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The male working-class youth was regarded as posing a serious problem—not only economically, but morally and socially as well. Investigating the causes of this, Hendrick examines the attitudes towards youth and its behavior, contemporary perceptions of "boy labour," and the "discovery" of the working-class adolescent. He goes on to consider the various attempts to solve the problem: philanthropy (the youth movement); collectivism (a juvenile labor exchange and vocational guidance system); and further education (part-time continuation schools).

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"Succeeds admirably in tracing the inter-connections between urban working-class youth and contemporary debates on poverty, unemployment, and casual labor. It presents the fullest and subtlest investigation of the boy labor problem, and it convincingly amends the existing account of the discovery of adolescence. These are considerable achievements."—American Historical Review

"Images of Youth is a welcome contribution to the historical literature, leaving its readers with much to ponder."—Albion

"Excellent."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198217824
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.93(d)

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Oxford Polytechnic

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