Travellers’ lives, 1945–68

Becky Taylor

in A Minority and the State

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780719075674
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700853 | DOI:
Travellers’ lives, 1945–68

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This chapter describes how Travellers were affected by and responded to changes in society in the post-war era, including increasing motorisation and other technological developments, also discussing the important phenomenon of the changing landscape of post-war Britain. The post-war period was a time of considerable change: one of the ways in which this was explained by contemporaries, both from Traveller and settled communities, was to point to the influx of Irish Travellers. The change of attitude of central government towards caravans had included Travellers, as a result of questions having been asked in the Parliament and in the press over the ‘serious hardship’ caused ‘when a traditional Gypsy camping ground is closed’. The end of the 1950s saw a move away from a negative view of both caravans and their inhabitants, but the new positive approach specifically excluded Travellers.

Keywords: Travellers; post-war era; motorisation; landscape; Britain; central government; caravans

Chapter.  9868 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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