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Campbell Bunk : The Worst Street in North London Between the Wars - Jerry White

Campbell Bunk

The Worst Street in North London Between the Wars

Paperback Published: 2nd October 2003
ISBN: 9780712636254
Number Of Pages: 352

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Most studies of the British working-class experience deal with labor aristocrats and the "respectable poor." Campbell Bunk gives the first full account of a "rough," sub-proletarian community and the forces which molded, changed, and eventually destroyed it. From the 1880s to World War II, Campbell Road, Finsbury Park (known as Campbell Bunk), had a notorious reputation for violence, for breeding thieves and prostitutes, and for an enthusiastic disregard for law and order. It was the object of reform by church, magistrates, local authorities, and social scientists, who left many traces of their attempts to improve what became known as "the worst street in North London." Jerry White offers insight into the realities of life in a "slum" community, showing how it changed over a 90-year period. Using extensive oral history to describe in detail the years between the wars, White reveals the complex tensions between the new world opening up and the street's traditional culture of economic individualism, crime, street theater, and domestic violence.

Industry Reviews

"A more lucid and penetrating analysis of an urban slum would be hard to imagine... A most subtle and powerful evocation of life and labour" -- Jeremy Seabrook * Guardian *
"A brilliant and searching study... I do not believe that even Henry Mayhew could have done greater or more sympathetic justice to the memory of 'Campbell Bunk' and its inhabitants" -- Victor Neuberg * British Book News *
"This is an enthralling book which comes as near as possible to understanding an urban community it its environment. It deserves to become a classic" * Planning Perspectives *

ISBN: 9780712636254
ISBN-10: 0712636250
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 2nd October 2003
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 16.0  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1

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