The Routledge Companion to the Suburbs provides one of the most comprehensive examinations available to date of the suburbs around the world. International in scope and interdisciplinary in nature, this volume will serve as the definitive reference for scholars and students of the suburbs.

This volume brings together the leading scholars of the suburbs researching in different parts of the world to better understand how and why suburbs and their communities grow, decline, and regenerate. The volume sets out four goals: 1) to provide a synthesis and critical appraisal of the historical and current state of understanding about the development of suburbs in the world; 2) to provide a forum for a comprehensive examination into the conceptual, theoretical, spatial, and empirical discontents of suburbanization; 3) to engage in a scholarly conversation about the transformation of suburbs that is interdisciplinary in nature and bridges the divide between the Global North and the Global South; and 4) to reflect on the implications of the socioeconomic, cultural, and political transformations of the suburbs for policymakers and planners. The Routledge Companion to the Suburbs is composed of original, scholarly contributions from the leading scholars of the study of how and why suburbs grow, decline, and transform. Special attention is paid to the global nature of suburbanization and its regional variations, with a focus on comparative analysis of suburbs through regions across the world in the Global North and the Global South.

Articulated in a common voice, the volume is integrated by the very nature of the concept of a suburb as the unit of analysis, offering multidisciplinary perspectives from the fields of economics, geography, planning, political science, sociology, and urban studies.

chapter |9 pages


part I|37 pages

Suburban definitions and descriptions

chapter 1|16 pages

Defining suburbs

chapter 2|10 pages

Suburban stereotypes

part II|84 pages

Global perspectives on the suburbs

chapter 7|13 pages

Suburbanization in Europe

A focus on Dublin

chapter 8|10 pages

Suburbanization in Asia

A focus on India

chapter 9|11 pages

Suburbanization in Asia

A focus on Jakarta

chapter 10|12 pages

Suburbanization in Asia

A focus on Seoul

part III|107 pages

Diversity, exclusion, and poverty in the suburbs

chapter 11|12 pages

Queer suburbs

(Sub)urban spaces and sexualities in the Global North

chapter 12|16 pages

Inequality and poverty in the suburbs

The case of metropolitan Cairo

chapter 15|9 pages

Dividing the metropolis

The political history of suburban incorporation in the United States

chapter 16|15 pages

Immigrants in U.S. suburbs

chapter 17|12 pages

Poverty in U.S. suburbs

chapter 18|10 pages

From Sanford to Ferguson

Race, poverty, and protest in the American suburb

part IV|91 pages

Planning, public policy, and reshaping the suburbs

chapter 20|11 pages

Metropolitan governance in Paris

chapter 21|12 pages

The French banlieue

Renovating the suburbs

chapter 23|16 pages

Redesigning the suburbs

New town and master-planned suburbs of the 1960s and 1970s

chapter 24|12 pages

Keeping up with the Joneses

Residential reinvestment and mansionization in American inner-ring suburbs

part V|15 pages

Conclusion and future prospects