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Author Goddard, Joseph, 1962-

Title Being American on the edge : penurbia and the metropolitan mind, 1945-2010 / Joseph Goddard
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 271 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introducing Penurbia -- Thinking about City Edges -- Penurbanites and Exurbanites -- Peoples of the Fringe -- Charting Penurban Growth -- Politics, Planning, and Administration -- Penurban Civil Society -- Images from Popular Culture -- Magazines and Penurbia -- Professional Views of Penurban Change
Summary This book focuses on the development of hybrid city-country (penurban) landscapes around large urban areas which mesh stylized countryside with functional links to the cities. These landscapes are central to American mindsets as they combine the dreams, expectations, and experiences of the nation in expressive cultural landscapes. An interpretive-analytical methodology is used in this single-authored, multidisciplinary work which draws on insights from history, American Studies, social sciences, urban studies, and environmental studies, and cultural studies in order to portray lifestyle and settlement phenomena overlooked by single disciplinary fields. Telling the story of how penurban landscapes emerged, the work blends original research with a re-reading of existing work to understand developing lifestyle and settlement patterns. The book aims at readers in history, urban studies, environmental studies, consumerism and American Studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject City and town life -- United States.
Country life -- United States.
Metropolitan areas -- United States.
Rural-urban relations -- United States.
Suburban life -- United States.
Suburbs -- United States.
Urban-rural migration -- United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
LC no. 2012005222
ISBN 1137020792 (electronic bk.)
1137020814 (electronic bk.)
9781137020796 (electronic bk.)
9781137020819 (electronic bk.)