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Jeunes travailleurs, jeunes consommateurs : les enquêtes sociales et la place des jeunes au sein des familles de milieux populaires

Abstract : The article investigates social surveys produced by social services during the interwar period as a tool to comprehend consumption cultures among working-class youth. It focuses on the case of the Social Service of Endangered Childhood (Service social de l’enfance), a private organisation of social workers created in 1923 in order to assist children’s courts. The article is based on the quantitative and qualitative analysis of three hundred of their files. In a first part, we examine what is at stake when using social surveys as a source for studying working-class way of life, by analysing how social workers evaluated the families under their care and passed judgement on their consumption habits. Then, we show how the work of teenagers played a key role in working-class family budgets during the interwar period. Finally, we turn to how young workers built their autonomy through developing their own practices of consumption and consumption cultures.
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Lola Zappi. Jeunes travailleurs, jeunes consommateurs : les enquêtes sociales et la place des jeunes au sein des familles de milieux populaires. Mil neuf cent : cahiers Georges Sorel : revue d'histoire intellectuelle, Société d'études soréliennes, 2017, 35 (1), pp.81-101. ⟨10.3917/mnc.035.0081⟩. ⟨hal-03458925⟩

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