This best-selling book dispels the image of slums and destitution which clings to the Glasgow tenement. Working-class home life is explored through the recollections of people who grew up in these cramped one and two roomed houses.
Narratives full of vitality and detail record the routines and rituals of previously disregarded lives, covering everything from shopping and housework to childbirth and death.
Though the tenements were by
today's standards unfit to live in, there are important lessons
here about the kinds of housing that enable close-knit communities
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Jean Faley who lived in Glasgow until her traumatic
emigration at the age of 16, is now a Professor of Sociology
at the University of Wisconsin, USA. Her
academic interests lie chiefly in women's studies and the sociology
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ISBN 0 9513124 5 6 paperback £9.99 inc. p&p
176 pp., 216 x 138 mm., 45 b&w ill., bibliog., index
First published 1990, reprinted 1991, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003