Working Lads in Late-Victorian London
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Historians such as John Burnett, Stephen Humphries, Ellen Ross and Anna Davin have sought to investigate the lived experience of adolescent boys through oral histories and autobiographies.1 Christopher Breward and Laura Ugolini have also used autobiographies, alongside reportage and commercial documents, to examine the formation of male identities through clothing.2 Interestingly, these historians have drawn different interpretations from the same sources. Breward has highlighted the evidence for working-class male consumer culture, particularly in young unmarried men,3 while Ugolini has emphasized the problems of consumption limited by financial or practical contraints. Both have drawn on Humphries in identifying an oppositional subculture in working-class young men, marked by distinctive clothing and behaviour.4 On the other hand, Ross has demonstrated the
1 John Burnett (ed.), Destiny Obscure: Autobiographies of Childhood, Education and Family from the 1820s to the 1920s (London, 1982); Stephen Humphries, Hooligans or Rebels? An Oral History of Working-Class Childhood and Youth 1889-1939 (Oxford, 1981); Anna Davin, Growing Up Poor: Home, School and Street in London 1870-1914 (London, 1996); Ellen Ross, Love and Toil: Motherhood in Outcast London 1870-1918 (Oxford, 1993).