Barker, Paul 1935-

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BARKER, Paul 1935-

PERSONAL: Born August 24, 1935, in Mytholmroyd, England; married Sally Huddleston, April 14, 1960; children: Nicholas, Kate, Tom, Daniel. Education: Brasenose College, Oxford, M.A., 1958. Hobbies and other interests: Literature, architecture, landscape.

ADDRESSES: Home—15 Dartmouth Park Ave., London NW5 1JL, England.

CAREER: Worked as staff journalist for periodicals including Times and Economist, London, England, between 1959 and 1964; New Society, London, England, deputy editor, 1965-68, editor, 1968-86; freelance writer and broadcaster; participant in radio programMy Country, Right or Wrong, 1986—. Institute of Community Studies, senior research fellow and fellow in the built environment, 2000-02. Victoria and Albert Museum, Reyner Banham Memorial Lecturer, 1998. Military service: British Army Intelligence Corps, 1953-55; became lieutenant.

MEMBER: Royal Society of Arts (fellow).

AWARDS, HONORS: Broadcasting Press Guild Award, 1988, for radio program My Country, Right or Wrong; Leverhulme research fellow, 1993-95.


(Editor) A Sociological Portrait: A Series from New Society, Penguin (Harmondsworth, England), 1972.

One for Sorrow, Two for Joy: Ten Years of New Society, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1972.

(Editor) The Social Sciences Today, Edward Arnold (London, England), 1975, Littlefield, Adams (Totowa, NJ), 1977.

(Editor) Arts in Society, Fontana (London, England), 1977.

(Editor) The Other Britain: A New Society Collection, Routledge (Boston, MA), 1982.

(Editor) Founders of the Welfare State: A Series from New Society, Heinemann Educational (Portsmouth, NH), 1984.

Gulliver and Beyond, Channel 4 Television (London, England), 1996.

(Editor and contributor) Living As Equals, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 1996.

(Editor, with others) A Critic Writes, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 1997.

Contributor to books, including Britain in the Eighties, Grafton (London, England), 1989; Towards a New Landscape, B. Jacobson (London, England), 1993; Town and Country, Chatto & Windus (London, England), 1998; and Non-Plan, Architectural Press (Oxford, England), 1998. Author of weekly landscape column for New Statesman, 1996-99; contributor to magazines and newspapers.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on social change in contemporary England, with special reference to suburbia.

SIDELIGHTS: Paul Barker once told CA: "My writing and editing are the result of a continuing fascination with social change and a deep conviction that, in order to change things for the better, it is essential to try to understand what is actually happening in the present. Among my heroes, when I began to write, were George Orwell for his honesty, Ernest Hemingway for his sentences, and Nikolaus Pevsner for his scholarship."

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