Reconstructing modernity: Space, power and governance in mid-twentieth century British cities

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Oxford University Press, Mar 1, 2018 - History
Reconstructing modernity assesses the character of approaches to rebuilding British cities during the decades after the Second World War. It explores the strategies of spatial governance that sought to restructure society and looks at the cast of characters who shaped these processes. It challenges traditional views of urban modernism and sheds new light on the importance of the immediate post-war for the trajectory of planned urban renewal in twentieth century. It examines plans and policies designed to produce and govern lived spaces - shopping centers, housing estates, parks, schools and homes - and shows how and why they succeeded or failed. It demonstrates how the material space of the city and how people used and experienced it was crucial in understanding historical change in urban contexts. The book is aimed at those interested in urban modernism, the use of space in town planning, the urban histories of post-war Britain and of social housing.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Fantasies of urban futures
29
2 The functioning metropolis
77
3 The city and the suburban village
121
4 The spaces of everyday life
157
Conclusion
191
Bibliography
201
Index
221
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James Greenhalgh is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Lincoln

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