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- vi, 262 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Contents: Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. A Domestic Revolution: Poverty, Respectability and Housing Reform -- Ch. 3. Housing for the Poor -- Ch. 4. The Utopian Roots of Council Housing -- Ch. 5. The Artistic Inspiration of Council Housing -- Ch. 6. Garden City to Council Estate -- Ch. 7. The Utopian Legacy -- Ch. 8. The Management of Council Housing -- Ch. 9. 'Community' on Council Estates -- Ch. 10. Patterns of Working-Class Life -- Ch. 11. Estate Histories -- Ch. 12. Turning Points: The Parameters at the Turn of the Century.Includes bibliographical references (p. -255) and index.Summary: "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."--BOOK JACKET.