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    Immoral traffic: mobility, health, labor, and the "lorry girl" in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain

    Laite, Julia (2012) Immoral traffic: mobility, health, labor, and the "lorry girl" in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain. Journal of British Studies 52 (3), pp. 693-721. ISSN 0021-9371.

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    The story of the lorry girl and the lorry driver, the roads they traveled on, and the responses toward them allows for some telling insights into a strange kind of “immoral traffic” in 1930s and 1950s Britain. Whether seeking employment or adventure, leaving the “distressed areas” or absconding from an approved school, the lorry girl was linked to anxieties about women's mobility, unemployment, venereal disease, and delinquency. At the same time, the figure of the lorry driver, both romanticized and marginalized, showed that deviant and commercialized sexuality could be linked to the economic and social inequality of both men and women. Concerns about lorry jumping and hitchhiking in this period also reveal a different kind of narrative in the development of British roadways, which not only were tied to both the health and efficiency of the nation but also were spaces of sexual danger and sites of social delinquency.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): hitchhiking; motorways; roads; transport; transportation; prostitution; amateur prostitution; lorry drivers; lorry girls; lorries; absconders; approved schools; delinquency; unemployment; mobility; migration
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2013 09:11
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:08


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