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Social Science Urban

Critical Perspectives on Suburban Infrastructures

Contemporary International Cases

edited by Pierre Filion & Nina M. Pulver

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2019
Category
Urban, City Planning & Urban Development, Geography
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487523619
    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
    List Price
    $44.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487504953
    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
    List Price
    $103.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487531232
    Publish Date
    May 2019
    List Price
    $44.95

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Most new urban growth takes place in the suburbs; consequently, infrastructures are in a constant state of playing catch-up, creating repeated infrastructure crises in these peripheries. However, the push to address the tensions stemming from this rapid growth also allow the suburbs to be a major source of urban innovation. Taking a critical social science perspective to identify political, economic, social, and environmental issues related to suburban infrastructures, this book highlights the similarities and differences between suburban infrastructure conditions encountered in the Global North and Global South.

 

Adopting an international approach grounded in case studies from three continents, this book discusses infrastructure issues within different suburban and societal contexts: low-density infrastructure-rich Global North suburban areas, rapidly developing Chinese suburbs, and the deeply socially stratified suburbs of poor Global South countries. Despite stark differences between types of suburbs, there are features common to all suburban areas irrespective of their location, and similarities in the infrastructure issues confronting these different categories of suburbs.

About the authors

Pierre Filion is Professor at the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo.

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Nina M.Pulver is a PhD candidate in Planning at the University of Waterloo.

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