Publication details for Ms Jean SpenceSpence, J. (2001). Edwardian Boys and Labour in the East End of Sunderland: Welfare and work. In Essays in the History of Community and Youth Work. Gilchrist, R. Jeffs, T. & Spence, J. Leicester.: Youth Work Press, NYA. 77-94.
- Publication type: Essays in edited volumes
- ISSN/ISBN: 0 86155 245 8
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- Durham research online: DRO record
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Based upon the information recorded in the Minutes Books of the Sunderland Waifs' Rescue Agency and Street Vendors' Club between 1901 and 1910, this chapter analyses the relationship between the benefits which accrued to boys who joined the clubs and the intentions of the club's sponsors to use the club as a means of enabling the poorest boys to access regular work. It demonstrates modes of resistance amongst boys and their families and relates this to the real conditions of work and home which characterised the lives of the boys.
The chapter is a contribution to a project sponsored and organised through the journal 'Youth and Policy' to recover and bring to the attention of professional workers the history of community and youth work.