9781780932248

Making Sense of Suburbia through Popular Culture

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  • ISBN13:

    9781780932248

  • ISBN10:

    1780932243

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-08-15
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

We all know what suburbia is, indeed the majority of us live in it. Yet, despite this ubiquity, with no formal definition of the concept, the suburbs have developed in our collective imagination through representations in popular culture, from Terry and Juneto Desparate Housewives.Rupa Huq examines how suburbia has been depicted in novels, cinema, popular music and on television, charting changing trends both in the suburbs and popular media consumption and production. She looks at the differences in defining suburbia in the US and UK and how characteristics associated with it have shifted in meaning and form.

Author Biography

Rupa Huq is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Kingston University.

Table of Contents

Seeking Culture in a Cultural Void? The relationship Between Suburbia and Popular CultureWriting Suburbia: The Periphery in NovelsThe Sound of the Suburbs: Noise From Out of Nowhere?Pastoral Paradises and Social Realism: Cinematic Representations of Suburban ComplexitySuburbia on the BoxWomen on the Edge? Representations of the Postwar Suburban Woman in Popular Culture to the Present DayConclusion: Towards a Rewritten Heterogeneity of Suburbia

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