Suburban Planet: Making the World Urban from the Outside In

Suburban Planet: Making the World Urban from the Outside In

by Roger Keil


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The urban century manifests itself at the peripheries. While the massive wave of present urbanization is often referred to as an 'urban revolution', most of this startling urban growth worldwide is happening at the margins of cities.

This book is about the process that creates the global urban periphery – suburbanization – and the ways of life – suburbanisms – we encounter there. Richly detailed with examples from around the world, the book argues that suburbanization is a global process and part of the extended urbanization of the planet. This includes the gated communities of elites, the squatter settlements of the poor, and many built forms and ways of life in-between. The reality of life in the urban century is suburban: most of the earth's future 10 billion inhabitants will not live in conventional cities but in suburban constellations of one kind or another.

Inspired by Henri Lefebvre's demand not to give up urban theory when the city in its classical form disappears, this book is a challenge to urban thought more generally as it invites the reader to reconsider the city from the outside in.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745683126
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/18/2017
Series: Urban Futures Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Roger Keil is Professor and York Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies and former Director of the CITY Institute at York University, Toronto

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Suburbanization Explained
  • 3 Suburban Theory
  • 4 Suburban Studies
  • 5 From Lakewood to Ferguson
  • 6 Beyond the Picket Fence: Global Suburbia
  • 7 Suburban Infrastructures
  • 8 The Urban Political Ecology of Suburbanization
  • 9 The Political Suburb
  • Notes
  • References

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