The Good Citizen and the English Countryside

  • Sian Edwards
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)


This chapter explores the development of youth organizations in the context of the shifting relationship between the English countryside and the public across the mid-twentieth century. In doing so, it highlights three important elements: the continued importance of the countryside to notions of Englishness; the growth of the popularity of the countryside as a space for leisure; and the increasing significance of debates regarding access and protection of the land in national discourses of citizenship in the 1950s. It argues that renegotiation between the English countryside and the urban public paved a space for youth movements to claim a cultural authority over the landscape and the young people within it.

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  • Sian Edwards
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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