Reframing Irish Youth in the Sixties

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Reframing Irish Youth in the Sixties

Reappraisals in Irish History, 10

2018

March 28th, 2018

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Reframing Irish Youth in the Sixties focuses on the position of youth in the Republic of Ireland at a time when the meaning of youth was changing internationally. It argues that the reformulation of youth as a social category was a key element of social change. While emigration was the key youth issue of the 1950s, in this period young people became a pivotal point around which a new national project of economic growth hinged. Transnational ideas and international models increasingly framed Irish attitudes to young people’s education, welfare and employment. At the same time Irish youths were participants in a transnational youth culture that appeared to challenge the status quo. This book examines the attitudes of those in government, the media, in civil society organisations and religious bodies to youth and young people, addressing new manifestations of youth culture and new developments in youth welfare work. In using youth as a lens, this book takes an innovative approach that enables a multi-faceted examination of the sixties, providing fresh perspectives on key social changes and cultural continuities.

"A pioneering study of youth culture in 1960s Ireland that makes a significant contribution to our understanding of post-war Irish society." Professor Robert Savage, Boston College

About The Author

Carole Holohan is Assistant Professor in Modern Irish History at Trinity College Dublin.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Contents7
List of figures and tables8
Acknowledgements9
List of abbreviations11
Introduction13
1. Practical patriots39
2. New opportunities, enduring attitudes72
3. Teens ’n’ twenties111
4. Juvenile delinquents?157
5. Youth welfare work192
Conclusion229
Bibliography239
Index253