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Growing up and going out

Youth culture, commerce, and leisure space in post-war Britain

By Sarah Kenny

Growing up and going out
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  • Price: £85.00
  • ISBN: 9781526152640
  • Publish Date: Feb 2025
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    Book Information

    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5264-0
    • Pages: 264
    • Price: £85.00
    • Published Date: February 2025
    • Series: Studies in Popular Culture

    Description

    In the decades following the Second World War, youthful sociability was remade as young people across Britain flocked to newly-opened coffee bars, beat clubs, and discos. These spaces, increasingly unknown and unfamiliar to the adults who passed by them, played a remarkable role in reshaping town and city centres after dark as sites of leisure and recreation. Telling the history of youth in post-war Britain from the ground up, through the towns and cities that young people moved through, this book traces how the new spaces of post-war youth leisure transformed both young people's relationship with their local environment and adults' perceptions of the possibilities and dangers of modern leisure. Growing up and going out offers a timely study of youth, commerce, and leisure that explores the reimagination, remaking, and regulation of the post-war city after dark.

    Contents

    Introduction
    PART I: YOUTH AND THE CHANGING URBAN ENVIRONMENT
    1 Out in the city
    2 The business of leisure
    3 Regulating youth after dark
    PART II: YOUTH, LIVED EXPERIENCE, AND IDENTITY
    4 Gymslip drinkers
    5 Leisure, consumption, and identity
    Conclusion

    Author

    Sarah Kenny is Associate Professor of Modern British Studies at the University of Birmingham

    Growing up and going out

    By Sarah Kenny

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