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Place and voluntary activity in inter-war England: topophilia and professionalization

Lookup NU author(s): Professor John Pendlebury, Dr Lucy Hewitt



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Cambridge University Press, 2018.

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During the inter-war period, the formation of amenity groups marked a new phase in the way place was conceived and shaped and their establishment and relationship with newly empowered local authorities remains an under-examined aspect of the management of towns and cities at the time. Focusing on the motivations for group formation in Birmingham and Norwich, we explore how complex relationships of attachment to place, or topophilia, entered into dialogue with professionalizing approaches to urban development and shed new light on attitudes to urban conservation and planning in the inter-war period. The article also adds a historical perspective to work on affective relationships with place.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Pendlebury J, Hewitt LE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Urban History

Year: 2018

Volume: 45

Issue: 3

Pages: 453-470

Print publication date: 01/08/2018

Online publication date: 22/08/2017

Acceptance date: 09/05/2017

Date deposited: 11/07/2017

ISSN (print): 0963-9268

ISSN (electronic): 1469-8706

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0963926817000335


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