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Working-Class Housing in England between the WarsThe Becontree Estate$
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Andrzej Olechnowicz

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206507.001.0001

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Civic Pride and Local Politics

Civic Pride and Local Politics

(p.115) 4 Civic Pride and Local Politics
Working-Class Housing in England between the Wars

Andrzej Olechnowicz

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the LCC' intention to transform the Becontree Estate into a single unit of local government, complete with its own civic centre. One recurring topic in this chapter is local patriotism and civic pride. One of the most common criticisms in inter-war London was its immense size, as well as the fact that the boroughs no longer inspired local patriotism. According to Young, the only way to inspire civic pride is to make people believe that they are better off than and different from other people who are living in other areas or institutions.

Keywords:   LCC, local government, civic centre, local patriotism, civic pride

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