Originally published in 1976. Slum clearance is a particularly significant process because it places the ordinary citizen in a state of extreme dependence on his local authority. The local authority not only destroys his existing environment but controls access to a replacement council house. This book highlights both the control over the life chances of individual citizens which local government can exercise and the potential impotence of citizens caught up in a complex bureaucratic process. It investigates the difficulties faced by individuals in exercising even the rights and choices which are ostensibly provided by the existing structure. The book also seeks to apply theories of urban sociology in exploring the control of access to public housing.
The essential objective of this study is demystification of the administrative processes of slum clearance and rehousing through analysis of local authority bureaucracy and its impact on individuals.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Introduction 2. A Century of Slum Clearance 3. Slum Clearance in Principle and Practice 4. Housing Allocation in Centralised Systems – Newcastle, Manchester and Tower Hamlets 5. Housing Allocation in Decentralised Systems – Leeds and Liverpool 6. Residents’ Knowledge of the Slum Clearance Process 7. Some Determinants of Attitudes Towards Moving 8. Housing Market Situation and Attitudes Towards Moving 9. Summary and Conclusions; Appendices