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Suburbia in the 21st Century
From Dreamscape to Nightmare?

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ISBN 9781138185913
January 3, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

Since the emergence of the garden suburbs in the UK in the early 20th century and mass suburbanisation since the early 1950s, suburbs have come to hold a special place in the geographical, political, sociological, and cultural imaginations of academics, policymakers, and society. The suburbs are where the majority of people in Anglosphere and Western and Northern European nations live. They represent an idealised utopian space of a property-owning democracy, a place of/for escapism from the pressures of work in the city, a space for children deemed safe to play in, and a space of heteronormativity and domesticity. This book provides an international overview of the meanings, perceptions, conditions, challenges, and prospects of suburbs in the 21st century. It provides historical and contemporary analyses of suburbia through planning, geographical and sociological lenses. Suburbs continue to be vitally important and resilient components of metropolitan areas, despite their fragile nature.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. What’s Wrong with Suburbia?, Paul J. Maginn & Katrin B. Anacker  Part I: Suburban Imaginaries and Ways of Life  2. Lifestyle Landscapes: Utopia to gerotopia, Caryl Bosman  3. Between the Suburbs and the Banlieue, Alex Schafran & Anastasia Touati  4. Liminality and the Cultural Production of the Suburban Lifeworld, Per Gunnar Roe and Mark Luccarelli  5. The Suburban Shopping Centre: Epicentre of civic life in suburban Australia?, Robin Goodman  6. ‘Africans in Essex’: Sub-urban place myths and the making of a multi-ethnic suburb, Paul Watt  7. Still Queerying the Suburbs? Analyzing Property Values in Male and Female Same-Sex Suburbs in the United States, Katrin B. Anacker  8. The Suburbanisation of Galicia: (Sub)urban morphologies, imaginaries and planning in the morazzo peninsula, Valeria Paul and Martín Barreiro  Part II: Rise, Demise And Resurrection Of Suburbia  9. Fixing Postsuburbia: Recalibrating the way we think, speak and act upon Toronto’s periphery, Sean Hertel and Roger Keil  10. Suburban Nation? Growth trends in Canada’s urban and suburban neighbourhoods, David Gordon  11. Stuck in Suburbia: The property crash in Ireland and the fracturing of the suburban dream, Declan Redmond and Cian O’Callaghan  12. Suburban Housing Estates in Finland: Historical development and contemporary challenges, Mats Stjenberg  13. Metropolitan Growth, Rental Housing And Suburban Power in the Vancouver Metropolitan Area, Pablo Mendez  14. ‘In Praise of Suburban Fugliness’: Suburbanites attitudes, aspirations and experiences of Perth, Western Australia, Paul J. Maginn  15. Shrinking Suburbs: An examination of housing vacancy in the older suburbs of South Euclid, Ohio, Bernadette Hanlon and Whitney Airgood-Obrycki Conclusions  16. To Suburbia and Beyond: The future of the suburbs and suburban research, Katrin B. Anacker and Paul J. Maginn

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