In an analysis that ranges across gender, ethnicity, class, religion, and many other facets of culture, Huq presents a convincingly argues case for the need to radically rethink how the way we understand contemporary suburban life.
Suburbs and the relationships that sustain them have been subject to tremendous changes in the last fifty years, with changing work patterns, changing family lives, changing patterns of home ownership and a massive shift in the structural relationships between inner cities and their surrounding urban environment. However,But this transformation has been largely overlooked, and the suburbs have lived on in the collective imagination as places that are homogenous and/or boring. But suburbs have always come in many shapes and sizes, and this book documents widely varying forms of suburban life to construct a compelling narrative of suburban diversity and variety. Huq’s in-depth and convincing analysis covers a range of aspects of suburbia, including gender, ethnicity, class, religion, lifestyle, consumerism, family life, gentrification, property relations, political representation, city life and globalisation. Huq Through these wide-ranging fields, she demonstrates conclusively that those who still fondly imagine the suburbs as the preserve of maiden aunts on bicycles, the domain of archetypal Englishness -– or less fondly as places of stifling conformism and stagnation -– are wide of the mark. In this sense, her re-imagining of the suburbs is also a re-imagining of Englishness.