James and Nancy Duncan look at how the aesthetics of physical landscapes are fully enmeshed in producing the American class system. Focusing on an archetypal upper class American suburb-Bedford in Westchester County, NY-they show how the physical presentation of a place carries with it a range of markers of inclusion and exclusion.
"I think that this book will make quite a stir: not just in the suburb under study…but in the wider academic community where its transcendence.will generate much commentary and not a little jealousy." -- John Agnew, author of Geopolitics (Routledge)
No.1, Vol.71; Pg.105
"Studying elites is an interesting subject, and this book makes the most of the topic using critical landscape theory." -- Journal of the American Planning Association-Landscape of Privilege: The Politic of the Aesthetics in an American Suburb
"…the authors support a well-framed, strong central arguement with abundant empirical evidence in a clearly organized format and with engaging, eloquent text. It is worth careful reading and reflection." -- Journal of Cultural Geography, Kelly S, Draper, University of Colorado