Social Change and Urban Growth in England and the USA
By (author) Mark Clapson
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Suburban Century by Mark Clapson
Book DescriptionBad architecture. Soulless. Destructive of communities. The suburbs are much-maligned places. We see this time and again in films like American Beauty and novels like The Ice Storm. But are they really as homogenous and conservative as we think they are? In this wide-ranging comparative study of England and the United States, Mark Clapson offers new interpretations on suburbia. The majority of people in both countries now live in suburbs, largely as a result of the rising affluence of the postwar period. Millions of Americans pursued an aspiration to settle away from the poorer town and city centres in new subdivisions, while in England people were keen to leave terraced streets and poorer suburban housing areas. Examining housing policies, the politics of affluence and social class, Clapson challenges deeply held myths by demonstrating the complexity of suburban life. He shows how suburbs are becoming increasingly multicultural and compares the minority experience in both countries. He analyzes voting patterns to reveal some surprising political trends. In addition, he discusses gender and the experience of community life. Throughout, he uncovers the similarities and differences in the English and American experience of suburbanization in the twentieth century. This is a timely and original account that looks beyond the stereotypes of life in the 'burbs.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859736487
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mark Clapson
Working-class Suburb, Hardback (February 2012)
An original study seeking to challenge the negativity associated with council estates. It will be of interest not only to historians but to anyone interested in housing, housing policy, and key issues in urban studies.
Routledge Companion to Britain in the Twentieth Century, Hardback (June 2009)» View all books by Mark Clapson
A guide to the social, economic and political history of Britain since 1900. Opening with a general introduction and overview of twentieth century Britain, it contains chronologies, facts and figures, introductions to major themes, the historiography of 20th century Britain, biographies of the important figures and a dictionary of key terms.
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Author Biography - Mark Clapson
Mark Clapson is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Westminster, London.
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