chapter  13
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13BEYOND THE CITY

In 1984 the famine relief charity Oxfam caused a minor controversy when it turned its attention to the troubled British city. Two small-scale projects, one in the sprawling Craigmillar estate in Edinburgh and the second in Manchester, received £5,000 pumppriming aid. Oxfam’s diagnosis was that developed and underdeveloped parts of the globe had many social problems in common. ‘One notices,’ said an official, speaking of the two British projects, ‘remarkable convergences with the Third World.’ The Craigmillar project, where art and woodwork were taught to housewives, was likened to an Oxfam self-help scheme in Zimbabwe.