Item #155738 Labour's apprentices : working-class lads in late Victorian and Edwardian England / by Michael J. Childs. Michael J. Childs.

Labour's apprentices : working-class lads in late Victorian and Edwardian England / by Michael J. Childs

London : Hambledon Press in Association with McGill-Queen's University Press, 1992. First Edition. Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered.; 223 pages; Description: xxiii, 223 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [207]-220) and index. Subjects: Youth --Employment --England --Working class --History. Summary: The three decades before the First World War witnessed significant changes in the working 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 development in English history. Beginning with home life, Childs discusses the life cycle of the working-class family and considers the changes that becoming a wage-earner and a contributor to the family economy made to a youth's status. He explores the significance of publicly provided education for the working class and analyses the labour market for young males, focusing on the role of apprenticeship, the impact of different types of labour on future job prospects, the activities of trade unions, and wage levels. Childs makes a detailed investigation of the patterns of labour available to boys at that time, including street selling, half-time labour, and apprenticed labour versus "free" labour. He argues that such changes were a major factor in the creation of a semi-skilled adult workforce. Childs then examines the choices that working-class youths made in the area of their greatest freedom: leisure activities. He 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 during the period up to the First World War. Item #155738
ISBN: 0001852851031

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