Limit search to available items
Book Cover
E-book
Author Field, John, 1949- author

Title Working men's bodies : work camps in Britain, 1880-1940 / John Field
Published New York [New York] : Distributed in the United States exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan
New York [New York] : Manchester University Press, 2013
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2017
Online access available from:
EBSCO eBook Academic Collection    View Resource Record  

Copies

Description 1 online resource (1 PDF (xii, 276 pages))
Contents Colonising the land -- "We work among the lowest stratum of life" -- Labour colonies and public health -- Alternative living in the English countryside -- "The landless man to the manless land" -- Transference and the labour government, 1929-31 -- Incremental growth -- "Light green uniforms, white aprons and caps" -- Camps as social service and social movement -- "Down with the concentration camps!" -- Conclusion
Summary Britain's work camp systems have never before been studied in depth. Highly readable, and based on thorough archival research and the reminiscences of those involved, this fascinating book addresses the relations between work, masculinity, training and citizen service. The book is a comprehensive study, from the labour colonies of late Victorian and Edwardian Britain to the government instructional centres of the 1930s. It covers therapeutic communities for alcoholics, epileptics, prostitutes and 'mental defectives', as well as alternative communities founded by socialists, anarchists and nationalists in the hope of building a new world. It explores residential training schemes for women, many of which sought to develop 'soft bodies' fit for domestic service, while more mainstream camps were preoccupied with 'hardening' male bodies through heavy labour. Working Men's Bodies will interest anyone specialising in modern British history, and those concerned with social policy, training policy, unemployment, and male identities
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-270) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Human body -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Human body -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Labor supply -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Labor supply -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Work camps -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Work camps -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Working class men -- Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Working class men -- Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526112531
9781526112538