Landscapes of Privilege: The Politics of the Aesthetic in an American Suburb, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Landscapes of Privilege

The Politics of the Aesthetic in an American Suburb, 1st Edition

By Nancy Duncan, Nancy Duncan


262 pages

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pub: 2003-11-07
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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

About the Authors

James Duncan is a University Lecturer in Geography at Cambridge University, and Nancy Duncan is Affiliated Lecturer of Geography at Cambridge University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban