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Youth cultures, moral promptness and mass-mobilizations in Europe between the world wars

di Sandra Souto Kustrin
in Memoria e Ricerca n.s. 25 (2007), p. 61

The aim of this article is to analyse the shaping and diversity of youth cultures in interwar Europe. To achieve this, the article begins with an analysis of the situation of youth in this period, continuing to study the complex relationship between youth, leisure, culture and politics through various examples, each distinct from the other: the worker youth gangs, the voluntary youth organisations, formed by the middle-classes, or the peace movements. It is emphasized that youth cultures already existed in the period analysed and that they can reach – and in several cases they managed to do so in interwar Europe – a political nature. These youth cultures also provoked “moral panic”, not only between the upper-classes but also between important sectors of the working-class.