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Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of America 5 editions

Cover of: Crabgrass Frontier | Kenneth T. Jackson
About the Book

Throughout history, the treatment and arrangement of shelter have revealed more about a particular people than have any other products of the creative arts. This book is about American housing. The physical organization of our neighborhoods, roads, yards, houses, and apartments sets up a living pattern that conditions our behavior. The physical pattern of housing development that Americans have chosen reflects a deliberate choice to emphasize separateness in our most dominant residential housing pattern: that of suburbia.

Suburbia manifests fundamental American characteristics such as conspicuous consumption, a reliance upon the private automobile, upward mobility, the separation of the family into nuclear units, the widening division between work and leisure, and a tendency toward racial and economic exclusiveness.

Several themes that recur in this book and are fundamental to understanding the suburban pattern of living are the importance of land developers, cheap housing lots, inexpensive construction methods, improved transportation technology, abundant energy, government subsidies, and racial stress. Finally, this book indicates that suburbanization has been as much a governmental as a natural process.

5 editions First published in 1985

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Cover of: Crabgrass Frontier
October 30, 2007, Oxford University Press
Crabgrass Frontier
in English
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April 16, 1987, Oxford University Press, USA
Crabgrass Frontier
in English
Cover of: Crabgrass frontier
1985, Oxford University Press
Crabgrass frontier
in English
Cover of: Crabgrass frontier
1985, Oxford University Press
Crabgrass frontier
in English
Cover of: Crabgrass frontier
Publish date unknown, Oxford University Press
Crabgrass frontier

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