Between Bohemia and Suburbia: Boburbia in the USA, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Between Bohemia and Suburbia

Boburbia in the USA, 1st Edition

By William Weston


184 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-05-27
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This book identifies a distinctive kind of urban neighborhood that is on the rise throughout the USA, the dense, walkable, mixed-use bourgeois-bohemian suburb or the "boburb."

It looks at case studies of areas to live in Louisville, Kentucky. Based on scores of interviews with college graduates, backed by survey data and Census figures, it provides a clear, historical account of how these spaces arose. Chapters depict, analyze and compare the Highlands neighborhood with other Louisville boburbs, contrasting them with the ephemeral bohemian quarters and the many suburban subdivisions. The Highlands are also compared with five other boburbs around the U.S.A. Attention is given to the influence of transportation systems in shaping residential, community and commercial spaces. Deeper cultural reasons for choosing the boburbs or the suburbs are also explored, including the political "big sort" between liberal and conservative places, and Bourdieu’s account of how the distinction between economic and cultural capital shapes how people choose to live where they live.

This book will appeal to those interested in the evolution and distinctions among urban neighborhoods. It is ideal for academics and students within urban geography, urban gentrification, cities and population.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Where Do You Live When You Have a Choice? Part I: From the Highlands to "The Glens" 2. Housing the college class in Louisville today 3. Today’s sprawl is tomorrow’s inner ring: a history of Louisville neighborhoods 4. The spectrum of Louisville neighborhoods: bohemia to boburbia to suburbia Part II: Neighborhood Types as a Spectrum of Choices 5. Life-Cycle: From young singles to old parents 6. Composition of capital: from more culture to more money 7. Ideology: From liberals to conservatives 8. Worldview: From embracing to protecting Part III: Boburbia as a Middle Way 9. Where do bourgeois bohemians live? 10. The mixed-use neighbourhood 11. The vibrant economy 12. The active civic life 13. The place of the boburb in the life of the polis Part IV: Boburbs in America 14. Keeping the city weird: Varieties of American boburbs 15. Boburbia: a measured appreciation

About the Author

William (Beau) Weston is Van Winkle Professor of Sociology at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography