The Suburb Reader

2nd Edition

Becky Nicolaides, Andrew Wiese

Published May 24, 2016
Textbook - 658 Pages
ISBN 9781138818583 - CAT# Y171933

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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.


New to the edition

  • The second edition incorporates important new research that explores the complex history and cultures of the American suburbs
  • More coverage of transnational cases and the influence of American suburbia internationally
  • More coverage of the post-financial crisis and housing crisis in the U. S.,including rising suburban inequality
  • The positive sides of suburban living are further emphasized, balancing the critical approaches of the text, including, "best practices" in policy.
  • Deeper coverage of ethnically diverse suburbs, including politics and lifeways in Asian American and Latino suburbs
  • Expanded coverage of recent exclusionary tactics, from cultural politics to violence in Ferguson
  • New material on popular culture representations, in film, television, music, and children’s literature
  • New coverage of the future of suburbs, including further economic, political, and social transformations and recent initiatives in sustainability and regional equity


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