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The Place of Home

English domestic environments, 1914-2000, 1st Edition

By Alison Ravetz, Professor Alison Ravetz, R. Turkington


256 pages

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A comprehensive and in-depth history of the 20th century English home, how it has been created, and how it works for people. It focuses on the various influences bearing on the development of domestic space since 1914 and covers both design and housing policy. Current debates from participation to co-operative housing are examined and several themes not previously brought together are linked, e.g. urban development/house design; technology at home/women and home; social meaning of home.


'To have written such an overview is a considerable achievement, and it is a state-of-the art account of this vast topic.' - Architects' Journal

'…a well researched and thorough piece of academic sociology' - Building Design

'Apart from the fascination of its content, the book is a delight to read. The prose flows easily, guided by a sense of quiet authority and an elegance with words. The authors have also made good use of some telling illustrations, culled from domestic science and other archives.' - Built Environment

'This book is a truly magnificent achievement and deserves to be widely read and used by students for many generations to come…' - Planning Perspectives

'This is an interesting book to read, well illustrated and thoughtful.' - Urban Studies

'a fascinating book. It is written with such obvious dedication, and on the basis of a total immersion in the literature and research…that one can but admire the level of scholarship involved…provides a pioneering approach, likely to be quarried for many a Ph.D. topic…a very welcome addition to the field, useful as a resource book for researchers, as an encyclopedia for undergraduate students of this topic, and as an accesible text for the professional and lay person.' - Journal of Property Research

Table of Contents

Introduction. The suburban home. Flats and maisonettes. The survival of the pre-1914 house. At homes in `Homes': institutional living. Self-help and alternative housing. The technology of the home. Rooms. Gardens and external space. The Changing experience of the home. Bibliography. Index.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development