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Municipal Dreams : Rise and Fall of Council Housing - John Boughton

Municipal Dreams

Rise and Fall of Council Housing

Paperback Published: 3rd June 2019
ISBN: 9781784787400
Number Of Pages: 336

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Traversing the nation, Municipal Dreams offers an architectural tour of some of the best and most remarkable of our housing estates, and in doing so offers an engrossing social history of housing in Britain. John Broughton asks us to understand better their complex story and to rethink our prejudices.

His accounts include extraordinary planners and architects who wished to elevate working men and women through design and the politicians, high and low, who shaped their work, the competing ideologies which have promoted state housing and condemned it, the economics which has always constrained our housing ideals, the crisis wrought by Right to Buy, and the evolving controversies around regeneration. He shows how the loss of the dream of good housing for all is a danger for the whole of society – as was seen in the fire in Grenfell Tower.

About the Author

John Boughton is a social historian whose blog Municipal Dreams is one of the most widely read and respected chronicles of council housing's past and present. He talks on housing to a wide range of audiences and has supported a number of housing campaigns. He has previously published in the Historian and Labor History. He lives in London. He blogs at municipaldreams.wordpress.com.

Industry Reviews

"For the past few years his writing has been an elegant and compendious ongoing exploration of Britain's social history through its council estates. The book celebrates an era during which dreams of shelter and security for all--not just those who could afford to purchase it--were in large part made a reality, and asks us if we oughtn't to consider reviving that dream before it gets destroyed completely ... There couldn't be a better time for this book."
Lynsey Hanley, Guardian

"Boughton traces this history well. A fine survey of an astonishing achievement."
Ed Heathcote, Financial Times

"Detailed history of social housing in the UK."
Hugh Pearman, Spectator

"Required reading ... provides a comprehensive history of Britain's council estates [that] challenges the well-worn narrative."
Anna Minton, Prospect

ISBN: 9781784787400
ISBN-10: 178478740X
Audience: BAG
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 3rd June 2019
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.37

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