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‘Millions Like Us’?British Culture in the Second World War$
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Nick Hayes and Jeff Hill

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237631

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312489

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‘When Work is Over’: Labour, Leisure and Culture in Wartime Britain

‘When Work is Over’: Labour, Leisure and Culture in Wartime Britain

(p.236) ‘When Work is Over’: Labour, Leisure and Culture in Wartime Britain
‘Millions Like Us’?

Jeff Hill

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the labour movement's approach to leisure and culture during the war in Great Britain. It suggests that the approach of the labour movement, particularly the Labour Party, was based on statist rationale and ignored earlier traditional responses of developing an alternative culture. It explains that more attention was given to reconstruction in material life and that the issues of leisure and popular culture were left at the hands of their traditional commercial and voluntary providers.

Keywords:   labour movement, leisure, culture, Great Britain, Labour Party, alternative culture, material life, popular culture

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