Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia

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A noted urban historian traces the story of the suburb from its origins in nineteenth-century London to its twentieth-century demise in decentralized cities like Los Angeles.

The first cultural history of suburbia, tracing its rise and fall from its origins in 18th century England to late 20th century America.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unlike the pre-modern city, where workplaces and residences were integrated, suburbia, as this ``searching study'' reveals, is a middle-class invention. In tracing suburban history, Fishman ``makes us keenly aware that modern, class-segregated suburbs represent a total transformation of urban values,'' reported PW. Mar.
Library Journal
Noted scholar of suburbia Fishman presents an overview of the history of the movement of the Anglo-American middle class to detached homes in natural settings on the fringes of cities. This move to the suburbs, beginning mainly in the 1800s, he feels took place first in England, then the United States. Among the causes for this great change were the growth of city ugliness and the working class due to industrialization and advances in transportation and communication. Covering some of the same ground as Kenneth Jackson's Crabgrass Frontier ( LJ 9/1/85) but reaching markedly different conclusions, Fishman's book belongs in academic and large public libraries. Pat Ensor, Indiana State Univ. Lib., Terre Haute
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465007479
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 3/30/1989
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,058,451
  • Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Fishman, associate professor of history at Rutgers, is the author of Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century (Basic Books, 1977).
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