"Good, upright young citizens"? : lived experiences of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in Australia

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dc.contributor.author Messner, Julia Maree
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-06T04:26:58Z
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-15T03:51:12Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-06T04:26:58Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-15T03:51:12Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2100/821
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/19986
dc.description University of Technology, Sydney. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. en_AU
dc.description.abstract The Boy Scout and Girl Guide movement in Australia has received very limited scholarly attention, despite its status as a prominent youth organisation since the early twentieth century. This thesis juxtaposes the oral history testimonies of twenty-two current and past Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in Australia with the official model of Scouting and Guiding devised by the founder, Sir Robert BadenPowell. The research engages with broad social themes, including gender, class, and primacy of the outdoors. Close analysis is provided of one of the most debated elements of the movement: the use of middle-class adolescents' leisure time to build good future citizens or soldiers. The thesis provides an account of the religious and cultural context of the contemporary movement in Australia, particularly its 'white' Christian origins. Findings indicate the ambiguous and contested nature of Baden-Powell's 'official model', and reveal the intricate, manifold experiences of participants in the movement. Those who took part in the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides have been significantly influenced by their involvement, and the movement has played a memorable role in their lives. en_AU
dc.language.iso en en_AU
dc.subject Scouts and scouting. en_AU
dc.subject Boy scouts. en_AU
dc.subject Girl Guides. en_AU
dc.title "Good, upright young citizens"? : lived experiences of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in Australia en_AU
dc.type Thesis (MA) en_AU

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