Activism, Affluence and Apathy: Citizenship, Politics and Democracy in Postwar Britain: Sources [A]

Department of History, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 21886

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Module description

This module examines the extent to which British citizens have become apathetic in the post-Second World War period. It does so by assessing evidence on voter turnout and willingness to join voluntary organisations. It takes a broad view of the notion of politics and focuses on the work of non-governmental organisations. Case studies include: the women's movement; environmentalism; international aid and development; human rights and civil liberties; homelessness; race; the peace movement; sexuality and lifestyle politics. Important historical themes include: voluntarism; the welfare state; new social movements; the 'Sixties'; secularisation; pressure group politics; direct action; minority political parties; affluence; and the state of political apathy today.