Reframing Irish Youth in the Sixties focuses on the position of youth in the Republic of Ireland at a time when the meaning of youth was changing internationally. It argues that the reformulation of youth as a social category was a key element of social change. While emigration was the key youth issue of the 1950s, in this period young people became a pivotal point around which a new national project of economic growth hinged. Transnational ideas and international models increasingly framed Irish attitudes to young people’s education, welfare and employment. At the same time, Irish youths were participants in a transnational youth culture that appeared to challenge the status quo. This book examines the attitudes of those in government, the media, in civil society organisations and religious bodies to youth and young people, addressing new manifestations of youth culture and new developments in youth welfare work. In using youth as a lens, this book takes an innovative approach that enables a multi-faceted examination of the sixties, providing fresh perspectives on key social changes and cultural continuities.
'A pioneering study of youth culture in 1960s Ireland that makes a significant contribution to our understanding of post-war Irish society.'
Professor Robert Savage, Boston College
‘Widely researched and persuasively argued, Holohan’s book is a welcome addition to the developing body of work on the history of Irish youth.’
Marnie Hay, Studia Hibernica
‘Holohan is wide ranging in her use of sources and rigorous and penetrating in her archival scholarship...she accompanies this archival labour with a nuanced sense of how categories are mobilized, and how language shapes discourse. Indeed, she is notable for the way that she combines sociological and cultural approaches to the past, both using sociological data effectively while analysing the way that the same studies constructed understandings of ‘social problems’ and their causes. As such, it tells us a great deal about Ireland in the mid-twentieth century, how the constellations of authority of church, state, market and sociology shifted and were reconfigured in the formation of new types of Irish citizen.’
Erika Hanna, Social History
‘A fascinating reappraisal of the image of vernacular Irish youth culture… [an] important new addition to the scholarship and historical re-evaluation of [a] critical decade of the mid-century development of modern Ireland.’
Barry Houlihan, Irish Historical Studies
'[A]s Holohan points out in this erudite, scholarly and well-researched book, the sixties in Ireland was not a period of social or cultural revolution. Rather it was more of a gradual merging of the old into the new.'
Tom Inglis, History Ireland