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The Help-Yourself City: Legitimacy and Inequality in DIY Urbanism

Gordon C.C. Douglas

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780190691332
eISBN:
9780190691349
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190691332.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

When cash-strapped local governments don’t provide adequate services, and planning policies prioritize economic development over community needs, what is a concerned citizen to do? In the ... More


Introduction

Nicholas Rombes

in New Punk Cinema

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748620340
eISBN:
9780748671052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620340.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to trace a tendency in cinema that owes some debt to the aesthetics and politics of the punk movement in the United States ... More


What Kind of Discographies Do We Want?: From 1979 into the Future

Bruce D. Epperson

in More Important Than the Music: A History of Jazz Discography

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226067537
eISBN:
9780226067674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226067674.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter describes notable discographies and discographers from 1979 onwards. These include the fourth edition of Brian Rust's Jazz Records, A-Z; the twenty-sixth and final volume of Tom Lord's ... More


Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914-1960

Richard Harris

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226317663
eISBN:
9780226317687
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226317687.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Each year, North Americans spend as much money fixing up their homes as they do buying new ones. This obsession with improving their dwellings has given rise to a multibillion-dollar industry that ... More


Introduction

Richard Harris

in Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914-1960

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226317663
eISBN:
9780226317687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226317687.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The home improvement industry involves many different players, from lenders to manufacturers and retailers. Then there are the media such as consumer magazines, television shows, and web sites and ... More


The Foundation of Home Ownership

Richard Harris

in Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914-1960

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226317663
eISBN:
9780226317687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226317687.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

During the first half of the twentieth century, home ownership as a social norm was instrumental in the rise of the home improvement industry in North America. Although the Depression actually gave ... More


A Perfect Storm for the Building Industry

Richard Harris

in Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914-1960

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226317663
eISBN:
9780226317687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226317687.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Competition from mail-order companies forced lumber dealers to rethink their strategy, particularly with respect to consumers. More specifically, lumber dealers diversified their product lines and ... More


The Improvement Business Coalesces

Richard Harris

in Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914-1960

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226317663
eISBN:
9780226317687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226317687.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Although owners had always maintained their homes, the home improvement industry did not become recognized until the early 1950s, when it began to draw the attention of retailers, advertisers, ... More


A Zelig of the American Cultural Economy

Richard Harris

in Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914-1960

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226317663
eISBN:
9780226317687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226317687.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The rise of the home improvement industry was made possible by the collective prosperity that brought more people into the middle class. Although most property owners had always tried to maintain ... More


Introduction

Gordon C.C. Douglas

in The Help-Yourself City: Legitimacy and Inequality in DIY Urbanism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780190691332
eISBN:
9780190691349
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190691332.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

The first chapter introduces and defines the phenomenon of DIY urban design: unauthorized yet intentionally functional and civic-minded improvements to urban spaces, in forms inspired by official ... More


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