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Young Women, Work, and Family in England 1918-1950$
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Selina Todd

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282753

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282753.001.0001

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Beyond the Workplace: Leisure and Courtship

Beyond the Workplace: Leisure and Courtship

(p.195) 7 Beyond the Workplace: Leisure and Courtship
Young Women, Work, and Family in England 1918-1950

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This chapter focuses on young women's lives beyond the workplace: on their increasing importance as leisure consumers, their courtship aspirations, and experiences. Young women's understanding of their value as wage-earners, breadwinners, and workers fuelled their claims to economic independence as well as political citizenship. Thus, they played a pivotal role in constructing new definitions of working class femininity and in the emergence of the affluent ‘teenager’.

Keywords:   consumers, independence, femininity, teenager, working class

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