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Sean Damer is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He has taught sociology in the Universities of Strathclyde, Trinity College, Dublin, Manchester, the West of Scotland and Glasgow. Since early retirement, he has turned to creative writing, published a novel, and is working on several films and television drama series.


Sean Damer's book is a vital guide to the new estates - called 'schemes' in Scotland, hence the title - built between the wars and those built in the decade after 1945. It's a deeply engaged social and political history, of interest not only to Glaswegians but to anyone seeking a critical understanding of council housing, its successes, failures and complexities... I recommend the book not only as rich and challenging account of council housing built at scale in one of our major cities but as a significant contribution towards our wider understanding of how to build badly and how to build well.

--John Boughton "Municipal Dreams "

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