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The 1950s saw a wave of depictions of threatening male working-class adolescents in English novels, films and cartoons. However, these texts must be contextualised not only as part of the well-documented 1950s moral panic about youth but in relation to the popularized psychological concepts of the ‘normal’ and ‘deviant’ child and the increasing implementation of progressive educational ideas that artificially limited working-class pupils’ horizons. This makes this period not only another reiteration of the perennial moral panics about the rising generation that Geoffrey Pearson has documented, but an emergence of a new way of conceptualizing youth.
Author(s): Tisdall L
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Cultural and Social History
Print publication date: 11/01/2015
Online publication date: 24/03/2016
Acceptance date: 01/11/2013
ISSN (print): 1478-0038
ISSN (electronic): 1478-0046
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