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The Gangs of Manchester: The Story of the Scuttlers, Britain’s First Youth Cult

The Gangs of Manchester is a welcome and timely contribution to the growing literature on the history of youth. Davies’ book is a study of the rise and fall of the ‘scuttler’ street fighting gangs of Manchester from the mid to late 19th century. It paints a powerful picture of the harsh urban environment inContinue reading “The Gangs of Manchester: The Story of the Scuttlers, Britain’s First Youth Cult”

The Parlour and the Suburb. Domestic Identities, Class, Femininity and Modernity

The concept of ‘separate spheres’, or the organisation of society into a private, domestic, female world and an active, public, male domain, is closely associated with Victorian society and, arguably, has had a pervasive influence upon gender relations since. Women’s sphere was that of the home, or activities closely connected with it. Motherhood and theContinue reading “The Parlour and the Suburb. Domestic Identities, Class, Femininity and Modernity”