The Life of North American Suburbs: Imagined Utopias and Transitional Spaces


The Life of North American Suburbs: Imagined Utopias and Transitional Spaces Editor: Jan Nijman Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: University of Toronto Press Pages: 400 Illustrations and other contents: 32 figures; 60 Illustrations, unspecified Language: English ISBN: 9781487501099 Categories: , , , , , ,

This book chronicles and explains the role of suburbs in North American cities since the mid-twentieth century. Examining fifteen case studies from New York to Vancouver, Atlanta to Chicago, Montreal to Phoenix, The Life of North American Suburbs traces the insightful connection between the evolution of suburbs and the cultural dynamics of modern society. Suburbs are uniquely significant spaces: their creation and evolution reflect the shifting demographics, race relations, modes of production, cultural fabric, and class structures of society at large. The case studies investigate the place of suburbs within their wider metropolitan constellations: the crucial role they play in the cultural, economic, political, and spatial organization of the city. Together, the chapters paint a compelling portrait of North American cities and their dynamic suburban landscapes.

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Author Biography

Jan Nijman is Director and Distinguished University Professor at the Urban Studies Institute of Georgia State University, and professor of Geography at the University of Amsterdam.