The Suburb Reader / Edition 1

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Overview

Since the 1920s, the United States has seen a dramatic reversal in living patterns, with a majority of Americans now residing in suburbs. This mass emigration from cities is one of the most fundamental social and geographical transformations in recent US history. Suburbanization has not only produced a distinct physical environment—it has become a major defining force in the construction of twentieth-century American culture.

Employing over 200 primary sources, illustrations, and critical essays, The Suburb Reader documents the rise of North American suburbanization from the 1700s through the present day. Through thematically organized chapters it explores multiple facets of suburbia’s creation and addresses its indelible impact on the shaping of gender and family ideologies, politics, race relations, technology, design, and public policy. Becky Nicolaides’ and Andrew Wiese’s concise commentaries introduce the selections and contextualize the major themes of each chapter. Distinctive in its integration of multiple perspectives on the evolution of the suburban landscape, The Suburb Reader pays particular attention to the long, complex experiences of African Americans, immigrants, and working people in suburbia. Encompassing an impressive breadth of chronology and themes, The Suburb Reader is a landmark collection of the best works on the rise of this modern social phenomenon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415945943
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 1,380,212
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Becky Nicolaides is Associate Professor of History and Urban Studies and Planning at the University of California, San Diego. Andrew Wiese is Professor of History at San Diego State University.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Introduction
Chapter 1. The Transnational Origins of the Elite Suburb
Chapter 2. Family and Gender in the Making of Suburbia
Chapter 3. Technology and Decentralization
Chapter 4. Economic and Class Diversity on the Early Suburban Fringe
Chapter 5. The Politics of Early Suburbia
Chapter 6. Imagining Suburbia: Visions and Plans from the Turn of the Century
Chapter 7. The Other Suburbanites: class, racial, & ethnic diversity in early suburbia
Chapter 8. The Tools of Exclusion: From Local Initiatives to Federal Policy
Chapter 9. Postwar America: Suburban Apotheosis
Chapter 10. Culture Wars: The National Debate Over Postwar Suburbia
Chapter 11. Postwar Suburbs and the Construction of Race
Chapter 12. The City-Suburb Divide
Chapter 13. Political Culture of Suburbia
Chapter 14. Recent Suburban Transformations, 1970-2000
Chapter 15. Our Town: Inclusion and Exclusion in Recent Suburbia
Chapter 16. Future of Suburbia
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