Love, sex, work and friendship: northern, working-class men and sexuality before the Second World War

Smith, Helen (2014) Love, sex, work and friendship: northern, working-class men and sexuality before the Second World War. In: Love and Romance in Britain, 1918-1970. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137328625

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Working men in the industrial north of England enacted their masculinity in differing, often contradictory ways and (a happy) marriage, children and a traditionally masculine job did not always preclude sexual and emotional relationships with other men. Traditional industrial jobs such as those in the mine or steelworks created a specific social and cultural environment in which men formed their identities and a particularly working-class interpretation of ‘good character’ flourished. This chapter will explore the emotional and sexual landscape of northern working-class men before the Second World War and offer an alternative way to understand how such men experienced friendship, love, sex and work and how these facets of a man’s life were often both inextricably linked and dependent on each other.

Keywords:sexuality, masculinity, working class, regionality, social history
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V147 Modern History 1950-1999
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V145 Modern History 1900-1919
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V146 Modern History 1920-1949
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:08 Oct 2014 10:14

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