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Squatting: The Real Story [Hardcover]

Nick Wates , Christian Wolmar
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Table of Contents

1 Introducing squatting. By Nick Wates.

2 The squatters

A decade of squatting; The story of squatting in Britain since 1968.
By Steve Platt

3 Setting the stage.
The London Squatters campaign, thuggery in Redbridge, the hippies of
Piccadilly, licensed squatting.

4 Here there and everywhere.
The boom in squatting, opposing property speculators, taking over the
street, not just for homes, squatting in style.

5 Mounting oppostion.
Property owners on the offensive, media myths, antisquatting hysteria.

6 Fighting back.
Squatters organise, local squatting groups, campaigning, Advisory Service
for Squatters, All London Squatters and the Squatters Action Council.

7 A whole new ball game.
Living with the new law, the London Squatters Union, amnesty for 5,000,
co-ops, squatting lives on.

Some history; Squatting in Britain before 1968.

8 The early squatters; Squatting from the Middle Ages to the Second World
War. By Colin Ward.
9 The post war squatters; 1945/6: the Vigilante movement, the occupation of
camps, taking over luxury blocks of flats. By Andrew Friend.

Success on the streets; Four successful squatting campaigns
10 Better than the telly any day; Outwitting a private landlord in London's
East End,
Myrdle and Parfett Streets. By Ann Pettitt.
11 We won, you should fight them too; Grinding down the Greater London
Council in West London, Elgin Avenue. By Piers Corbyn.
12 Victory Villa; Challenging the planners in South London, Villa Road.
By Nick Anning and Jill Simpson
13 Is there life after squatting? Winning a permanent home in Central
London, Seymour Buildings. By Tristan Wood

The law; The effect of the law on squatters.
14 The erosion of squatters rights; Unlawful but not illegal, the Act of
1381, the law tightens its grip, the Criminal Law Act. By David Watkinson

A chosen way of life; More than a roof - squatting can be good for you.
15 Using the space; Fantasy and romance, self-help repairs, making use of
opportunity to experiment. By Andrew Ingham.
16 Learning to learn; Confessions of a layabout, hippie, anarchist, woman
squatter. By Pat Moan.
17 Outpost of a new culture; Squatting communities as an alternative way of
life. By Tom Osborn.
18 The squatters estate agency; The inside story of Ruff Tuff Creem Puff,
the only
estate agency for squatters. By Heathcote Williams.
19 From skippering to squatting; Squatting as an alternative to hostels and
lodging houses. By Celia Brown

Squatting around the world; It's not just Britain - looking further
20 Everybody's doing it; Squatting in the Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark,
Portugal, Italy, Hong Kong and other places. By Mark Gimson.

The background.
The housing crisis - a brief summary.
Empty property - facts and figures.
Myth and fact - statistics on squatting and squatters.

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