The Making of the Modern British Home: The Suburban Semi and Family Life between the Wars by Peter Scott

The Making of the Modern British Home: The Suburban Semi and Family Life between the Wars

byPeter Scott

Hardcover | September 29, 2013

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The Making of the Modern British Home explores the impact of the modern suburban semi-detached house on British family life during the 1920s and 1930s - focusing primarily on working-class households who moved from cramped inner-urban accommodation to new suburban council or owner-occupiedhousing estates. Migration to suburbia is shown to have initiated a dramatic transformation in lifestyles - from a "traditional" working-class mode of living, based around long-established tightly-knit urban communities, to a recognisably "modern" mode, centred around the home, the nuclear family,and building a better future for the next generation. This process had far-reaching impacts on family life, entailing a change in household priorities to meet the higher costs of suburban living, which in turn impacted on many aspects of household behaviour, including family size.This volume also constitutes a general history of the development of both owner-occupied and municipal suburban housing estates in interwar Britain, including the evolution of housing policy; the housing development process; housing and estate design, lay-outs, and architectural features; marketingowner-occupation and consumer durables to a mass market; furnishing the new suburban home; making ends meet; suburban gardens; social filtering and conflict on the new estates; and problems of "mis-selling" and "Jerry building". Peter Scott integrates the social history of the interwar suburbs withtheir economic, business, marketing, and architectural/planning histories, demonstrating how these elements interacted to produce a new model of working-class lifestyles and "respectability" which marked a fundamental break with pre-1914 working-class urban communities.

About The Author

Peter Scott is Professor of International Business History at the University of Reading's Henley Business School. He has written extensively on the history of household consumption, retailing, consumer marketing, housing, and consumer durables during the 1920s and 1930s. His last book, Triumph of the South: A Regional Economic History...

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Title:The Making of the Modern British Home: The Suburban Semi and Family Life between the WarsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:September 29, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199677204

ISBN - 13:9780199677207

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Table of Contents

DedicationPrefaceAcknowledgementsList of abbreviations and a note on currency1. The new suburban world2. The road to 'homes fit for heroes'3. Municipal suburbia4. Developing owner-occupied suburbia5. Marketing owner-occupation to the masses6. Life in owner-occupied suburbia7. Equipping the suburban home8. The suburban garden9. Visible and invisible walls: social differentiation and conflict in interwar suburbia10. A crisis averted by war? Mis-selling, consumer protest, and the Borders case11. The legacy of the interwar semiAppendix: A note on sourcesBibliographyIndex