Refurnishing Homes in a Bombed City: Moral Geographies of the Utility Furniture Scheme in London

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Reimer, S. and Pinch, P. (2020). Refurnishing Homes in a Bombed City: Moral Geographies of the Utility Furniture Scheme in London. The London Journal. 46 (1), pp. 26-46. https://doi.org/10.1080/03058034.2020.1753350
AuthorsReimer, S. and Pinch, P.
Abstract

The London Blitz was a catalyst for national state control of the entire commodity network for furniture; the only wartime commodity for which this was done. The Utility furniture scheme sought to manage material shortages and combat profiteering in the markets for new and second-hand furniture. It also responded to the vulnerability of the nation’s furniture producers, which were disproportionately concentrated in and around London. Set against the immorality of indiscriminate bombing of civilian populations and illegal practices on the ‘black market’, the Utility scheme prescribed new moral geographies of equitable distribution based on need; of consumer rights protection; and of improvements to labour conditions and wages. The paper intervenes into debates about the social construction of moral geographies by examining the collective institutional response of the Utility scheme and the manner in which it sought to provision wartime homes.

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in London Journal, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03058034.2020.1753350

KeywordsGeography, Planning and Development; Urban Studies
Year2020
JournalThe London Journal
Journal citation46 (1), pp. 26-46
PublisherInforma UK Limited
ISSN0305-8034
1749-6322
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/03058034.2020.1753350
Publication dates
Online30 Apr 2020
Print02 Jan 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted03 Apr 2020
Deposited22 Apr 2020
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