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The Spiv and the Architect: Unruly Life in Postwar London

Richard Hornsey


As London emerged from the devastation of the Second World War, planners and policymakers sought to rebuild the city in ways that would reshape the behavior of its citizens as much as it would its buildings and infrastructure—a program defined by a strong emphasis on civic order and conservative values of national community. One of the groups most significantly affected by this new, moralistic climate of reformation and renewal was queer men, whom the police, the media, and lawmakers targeted as an urgent urban problem by marking their lives and desires as criminal and deviant. This book exami ... More

Keywords: London, Second World War, national community, reformation, queer men, urban stereotype, gay men, homosexual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780816653140
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816653140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Hornsey, author
Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol