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'Rural' Rhetoric in 1930s Unemployment Relief Schemes

O'Donnell, R; Petts, D

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This article examines the role of particular ideas of the countryside in unemployment relief schemes. While interwar thinking on the countryside has received attention, it has not been examined in the specific context of unemployment relief. This article uses four case studies from North East England, namely the Team Valley Trading Estate (Gateshead), Hamsterley Forest Instructional Centre (Durham), Swarland model village (Northumberland) and Heartbreak Hill (Cleveland). All four projects took different approaches to the unemployment problem, but all used some form of rural rhetoric. The ways in which the projects deployed images of the countryside creatively recombined a wide range of ideas to suit their needs rather than being rigidly confined by particular schools of thought.


O'Donnell, R., & Petts, D. (2019). 'Rural' Rhetoric in 1930s Unemployment Relief Schemes. Rural History, 30(1), 53-69.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 8, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 29, 2019
Publication Date Apr 30, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 28, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 30, 2019
Journal Rural History
Print ISSN 0956-7933
Electronic ISSN 1474-0656
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 1
Pages 53-69


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