Looking back at life reform: movements and methods for turbulent times

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This 2000-word essay was commissioned as an external contribution for Corrupted Files, the Ravensbourne Contextual Studies interdisciplinary open access research journal, for the 2017-18 issue on the theme of Movement. The essay draws on recent research by Pollen on life reform movements in the early twentieth century, looking at three central areas: British woodcraft groups and their radical propositions for outdoor education and cultural reform; the Men's Dress Reform movement of the 1920s and 1930s, and their demands for liberation of mind and body through the elimination of constrictive and conventional clothing; and the utopian ideals and practices of English social nudists in their first formation. The essay synthesises ideas from a series of Pollen's recent publications to reflect on the unrealised promises and potential of these movements for our own turbulent times.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCorrupted Files
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2018

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