The Good Citizen at Home

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


This chapter explores the centrality of the home in discussions of good citizenry, particularly for girls. It argues that across the mid-twentieth century the sphere of the home remained central to understandings of good citizenship for girls in youth movements, but suggests that an emphasis on domesticity was strengthened following the Second World War. Significantly, this chapter also reveals through a study of the rural experience, often neglected, how rural domesticity was constructed as being different to the urban. This chapter also explores the role of youth movements in facilitating courtship for young girls and calls for a reassessment of the relationship between young girls and domesticity, suggesting that there are important factors of agency at play.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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