Leisure, Gender and Poverty: Working-Class Culture in Salford and Manchester, 1900-1939

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Based extensively on interviews, examines the voluntary or involuntary leisure time of the working-class in adjacent English industrial cities. Emphasizes the different experiences of men and women, and the distinct youth culture. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Series editor's introduction
Note on oral evidence
Map of central Salford
Introduction 1
1 Poverty 14
Poverty before the First World War 15
Poverty and unemployment between the wars 20
Poverty and 'human needs' 26
2 Men: Poverty, unemployment and the family 30
Poverty and the denial of leisure 31
Unemployment and the denial of leisure 43
Leisure as a 'cause' of poverty 48
3 Women: Housekeeping, leisure and independence 55
Time and money 56
Drink and respectability 61
Cinemas 73
Fortune-tellers and spiritualists 79
4 Young workers: Parents, police and freedom 82
Family economy and family relationships 83
Dance halls 89
Cinemas 94
Corner gangs 96
Monkey parades 102
5 Streets, markets and parks 109
Street life and neighbourhood relationships 110
Street entertainers and working-class charity 116
Street customs 124
Saturday night markets 130
Parks 138
6 Gambling 142
Back entry bookmakers and the police 144
Bookmakers and neighbourhood life 152
Gambling schools and working-class sports 155
Gambling and working-class culture 163
Conclusion 168
Appendix 1: Occupational structure of Manchester and Salford, 1923-37 174
Appendix 2: Respondents' biographical details 175
Notes 182
Select bibliography 202
Index 208
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