Suburbs in transition: new approaches to suburban history

  title={Suburbs in transition: new approaches to suburban history},
  author={Ruth McManus and Philip Ethington},
  journal={Urban History},
  pages={317 - 337}
The history of suburbs has received so much scholarly attention in recent decades that it is time to take stock of what has been established, in order to discern aspects of suburbs that are still unknown. To date, the main lines of inquiry have been dedicated to the origins, growth, diverse typologies, culture and politics of suburbs, as well as to newer topics such as the gendered nature of suburban space. The vast majority of these studies have been about particular times and places. The… Expand
The New Post-suburban Politics?
Settlements variously termed ‘ex-urbs’, ‘edge cities’, ‘technoburbs’ are taken to signal something different from suburbia and as a consequence might be considered post-suburban. Existing literatureExpand
Introduction: Asian American Suburban History
FROM THE SUBURBAN SAHIBS OF Middlesex County, New Jersey, to the Taiwanese of L.A.’s “626,” stories of immigrant suburbia are finally moving from the peculiar to the everyday. It is no longer soExpand
Do the suburbs exist? Discovering complexity and specificity in suburban built form
In human geography cities are routinely acknowledged as complex and dynamic built environments. This description is rarely extended to the suburbs, which are generally regarded as epiphenomena of theExpand
The suburban question: grassroots politics and place making in Spanish suburbs
Manuel Castells spoke of the urban as a unit of collective consumption, yet much of the politics of collective consumption he documented was evident in the suburbs. The tendency for suburbs of mostExpand
The Political History of a Postwar Suburban Society Revisited
There is a vast multidisciplinary literature on U.S. suburbs. Through an urban historical lens, this article charts the public policies that gave way to the rise of a suburban society. It exploresExpand
Suburban growth in Adelaide, South Australia, 1850–1930: speculation and economic opportunity
ABSTRACT Suburbs are significant to any understanding of Australian urbanization as they have been the dominant organizational element in the morphology of metropolitan areas. A case-study ofExpand
Delineate the U.S. suburb: An examination of how different definitions of the suburbs matter
ABSTRACT Scholars conducting empirical research on U.S. suburbs must develop their own definition of suburbia. In this paper, we operationalize three suburban definitions commonly used in theExpand
A Postsuburban World? An Outline of a Research Agenda
The emergence over the last 30–40 years of what is variously termed edge city, edgeless, and postsuburban development in North America and elsewhere raises a set of challenges for urban theory andExpand
The persistence of suburban centres in Greater London: combining Conzenian and space syntax approaches
The relationship between settlement form and the historical persistence of concentrations of diverse socio-economic activity in Greater London's suburban centres through successive phases of rapidExpand
Which Agenda for the Italian Suburbs? Debating a Marginal Condition in Few Steps
At a time when the seek for a broader understanding of contemporary suburbs is finding a reasonable global consideration, a specific attention to the suburbanisms, i.e. suburban ways of living, isExpand


Recent Trends in the Irish Urban System with Particular Reference to Dublin and Cork
Although 57% of the Irish population now live in towns and cities, Ireland was a predominantly ruraP country until relatively recently. At the turn of the century only 28.3% of the population wasExpand
Dublin: The Shaping of a Capital
Part 1 Introduction: a world city? first impressions the physical environment the built environment Dublin in fiction. Part 2 The origins and growth of Dublin: pre-urban settlement Norse Dublin theExpand
The need for suburban renewal is addressed by W.H. Hudnut in Halfway to Everywhere: A Portrait of America's First-Tier Suburbs
  • 2003
Greater London Authority, City of Villages
    Outer belt vs. inner belt: the first suburbs