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Rebellion and Riots: A View from Rebellious Youth in Post-War Liverpool

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L3 1DG

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‘Violent playground? A View from Rebellious Youth Growing up in Post-War Liverpool’

With Dr Michael Lambert

In the summer of 1957 Prime Minister Harold Macmillan declared that Britons have ‘never had it so good’. Yet in 1958 Basil Dearden’s cinematic depiction of inner city Liverpool presented a very different picture. Set amidst a backdrop of slum clearance and housing redevelopment, Blitzed ruins from the war, and with a soundtrack of rebellious teenage rock ‘n’ roll, Violent Playground represented a story of juvenile delinquency and social problems. Both told only half-truths. This lecture offers a view of post-war British society from the perspective of rebellious youth growing up in Liverpool. It captures transformations including the birth of the teenager, Merseybeat, social mobility, family and community life, and the ways these changes were experienced differently due to ethnicity, gender, class and age. Ultimately, it shows how Liverpool’s youth challenged authority and offered something new.




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