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Cheek by Jowl: A History of Neighbours

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Almost everyone has a neighbour.





Neighbours can enrich or ruin our lives. They fascinate and worry us in equal measure. Soap operas watched by millions play with every lurid permutation of relationships in fictional neighbourhoods. One is even called Neighbours. Disputes over gigantic Leylandii and noise nuisance turn nasty and fill newspaper columns. These stories have a r
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 14th 2012 by Bodley Head (first published January 1st 2012)
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Julie
Feb 07, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Just by examining 800 years of neighborliness in England provides a lot of insight into how the world has changed. For example in the 16th century it was allowable to beat your wife but not at night because the noise would disturb the neighbors. Likewise a neighbor who did not report to authorities a women who beat their husband could find themselves in trouble for letting such a travesty of nature to occur. I am glad some things have changed.

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Jan
Jun 21, 2015 Jan rated it liked it
Although subtitled 'A History of Neighbours', Cheek by Jowl is more a social history of housing, town planning, public health and the effects these have had on community relations over time. A lot of the book is gossipy, snatches of tittle tattle about neighbours falling out. Some of it is funny. Most of all the book acts as a digest of other people's research, where neighbourly relations might have been mentioned in a wider historical context. Cockayne has seemingly used her literature review ...more
Bev
Mar 09, 2014 Bev rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish there was a grade between 2 and 3, because this was more than 2, but less than 3.
I thought it would be more interesting than it was. I shall definitely keep it, because it fills a gap in my books on social history that nothing else quite does, but it lacked something and I'm not entirely sure what it was. Possibly humour, people living "cheek by jowl" generate as many funny stories as they do tragic or moral ones, but they seemed to be missing from this account.
Having said that, it is we
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Anne Tucker
Aug 31, 2015 Anne Tucker rated it liked it
interesting, but could have been cut by 3/4!! I appreciate it was probably an MA text , but there is SO much repetition it gets like you want to skim-read.

However, the insights into community help v busybody are very interesting; and especially the changes (ie drop in neighbourliness) caused inadvertently by the introduction of the welfare state. Worth skim-reading by community activists!!
Jane Walker
Sep 10, 2012 Jane Walker rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
It was a good idea for a book. The result is quite slight, but the later chapters in particular are very interesting.
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Interesting. But a bit too repetitive at times.
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