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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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The Use of Leisure

The Use of Leisure

(p.180) 6 The Use of Leisure
Working-Class Housing in England between the Wars

Andrzej Olechnowicz

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how the tenants of the Becontree Estate used their leisure term. The NECC's vision of a ‘community’ was determined to be partly unattainable, because of its false idea of working-class leisure. The chapter shows that there was little time for leisure for the residents, and that work remained at the centre of working-class life. The tenants preferred home-based or passive leisure activities.

Keywords:   leisure, tenants, Becontree Estate, NECC, community, work, working-class life, passive leisure

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