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Title: Local elites and social control: Building council houses in Stirling between the wars
Author(s): Smyth, James
Robertson, Douglas
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Issue Date: May-2013
Date Deposited: 4-Apr-2014
Citation: Smyth J & Robertson D (2013) Local elites and social control: Building council houses in Stirling between the wars. Urban History, 40 (2), pp. 336-354.
Abstract: This article examines the role played by local councillors in constructing new housing in Scotland during the inter-war period. Rather than view local authorities as simply the objective agency of central government's ambitions to construct council houses, we argue that the self-interest and motivations of councillors have to be recognized as significant factors in this process. It is argued also that the concerns of private landlords were neither ignored nor sacrificed in the rush to build new housing. Rather, given that councils remained dominated by local business men, many of whom were private landlords, councillors acted in ways to protect their own material and class interests. In so doing, they consciously, if implicitly, shaped the social geography of twentieth-century Scotland.
DOI Link: 10.1017/S0963926813000072
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