Council Housing and Culture: The History of a Social Experiment

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Overview

Here is a retrospective and history of this particular type of housing. It makes clear the importance of council housing to modern life and culture, both at a personal and a societal level. Council housing is germane to issues of crucial importance to today's world: how a society should regard and treat its poor; the perennial problem of the individual's relationship to the state, the alleged obsolescence of socialism; and the relevance, place and purpose of utopian thought and practice in modern society. This is a definitive text on council housing, which will be essential for students of housing, planning, social policy and geography.

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Meet the Author

Alison Ravetz is Professor Emeritus of Leeds Metropolitan University, and has written extensively for more than 25 years on the history of housing, cities and planning.

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Table of Contents

Part I Chapter 1. Introduction. Chapter 2. A Domestic Revolution: Poverty, Respectability and Housing Reform. Chapter 3. Housing for the Poor. Chapter 4. The Utopian Roots of Council Housing. Chapter 5. The Artistic Inspiration of Council Housing. Chapter 6. Garden City to Council Estate. Part II Chapter 7. The Utopian Legacy. Chapter 8. The Management of Council Housing. Chapter 9. 'Community' on Council Estates. Chapter 10. Patterns of Working-Class Life. Chapter 11. Estate Histories. Part III Chapter 12. Turning Points: The Parameters at the Turn of the Century.

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