Labour's Apprentices

Labour's Apprentices

Working-class Lads in Late Victorian and Edwardian England

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Childs discusses working-class family life and considers the changes that becoming a wage earner and a contributor to the family economy made to a youth's status within the home. He explores the significance of publicly provided education for the working class and analyses the labour market for young males, focusing on apprenticeship, future job prospects, trade unions, and wage levels. Childs investigates the patterns of labour available to boys at that time, including street selling, half-time labour, and apprenticed versus "free" labour, arguing that these were major factors in the creation of a semi-skilled adult work force. Turning to leisure activities among working-class youths, Childs looks at street culture, commercial entertainments, and youth groups and movements and finds that each influenced the emergence of a more cohesive and class-conscious working class.

The three decades before World War I witnessed significant changes in the work life, home life, and social life of adolescent English males. In Labour's Apprentices Michael Childs suggests that the study of such age-specific experiences provides vital clues to the evolving structure and fortunes of the working class as a whole, and helps to explain subsequent developments in English history.


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Childs discusses working-class family life and considers the changes that becoming a wage earner and a contributor to the family economy made to a youth's status within the home. He explores the significance of publicly provided education for the working class and analyses the labour market for young males, focusing on apprenticeship, future job prospects, trade unions, and wage levels. Childs investigates the patterns of labour available to boys at that time, including street selling, half-time labour, and apprenticed versus "free" labour, arguing that these were major factors in the creation of a semi-skilled adult work force. Turning to leisure activities among working-class youths, Childs looks at street culture, commercial entertainments, and youth groups and movements and finds that each influenced the emergence of a more cohesive and class-conscious working class.
The three decades before World War I witnessed significant changes in the work life, home life, and social life of adolescent English males. In Labour's Apprentices Michael Childs suggests that the study of such age-specific experiences provides vital clues to the evolving structure and fortunes of the working class as a whole, and helps to explain subsequent developments in English history.

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The three decades before the First World War witnessed significant changes in the working life, home life, and social life of adolescent English males. Childs suggests that the study of such age-specific experiences provides vital clues to the evolving structure and fortunes of the working class as a whole, and helps to explain subsequent developments in English history. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Publisher: Montreal [Que.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1992
ISBN: 9780773563469
0773563466
9780773512894
0773512896
9780773509153
0773509151
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxiii, 223 pages)
Alternative Title: Labor's apprentices

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