Suburban Governance: A Global View

Edited by Pierre Hamel and Roger Keil

© 2015

North American gated communities, African squatter settlements, European housing estates, and Chinese urban villages all share one thing in common: they represent types of suburban space. As suburban growth becomes the dominant urban process of the twenty-first century, its governance poses an increasingly pressing set of global challenges.

In Suburban Governance: A Global View, editors Pierre Hamel and Roger Keil have assembled a groundbreaking set of essays by leading urban scholars that assess how governance regulates the creation of the world’s suburban spaces and everyday life within them. With contributors from ten countries on five continents, this collection covers the full breadth of contemporary developments in suburban governance. Examining the classic North American model of suburbia, contemporary alternatives in Europe and Latin America, and the emerging suburbanisms of Africa and Asia, Suburban Governance offers a strong analytical introduction to a vital topic in contemporary urban studies.

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  • Series: Global Suburbanisms
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 384 pages
  • Illustrations: 31
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Suburban Governance: A Global View is a groundbreaking set of essays by leading urban scholars that assess how governance regulates the creation of the world’s suburban spaces and everyday life within them.

Suburban Governance: A Global View

Edited by Pierre Hamel and Roger Keil

© 2015

North American gated communities, African squatter settlements, European housing estates, and Chinese urban villages all share one thing in common: they represent types of suburban space. As suburban growth becomes the dominant urban process of the twenty-first century, its governance poses an increasingly pressing set of global challenges.

In Suburban Governance: A Global View, editors Pierre Hamel and Roger Keil have assembled a groundbreaking set of essays by leading urban scholars that assess how governance regulates the creation of the world’s suburban spaces and everyday life within them. With contributors from ten countries on five continents, this collection covers the full breadth of contemporary developments in suburban governance. Examining the classic North American model of suburbia, contemporary alternatives in Europe and Latin America, and the emerging suburbanisms of Africa and Asia, Suburban Governance offers a strong analytical introduction to a vital topic in contemporary urban studies.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Global Suburbanisms
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 384 pages
  • Illustrations: 31
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘The authors of this book should be applauded for providing us with a volume that stimulates discussion on the meaning of the (sub) urban and governance in today’s global (sub)urbanization.’


    Stijn Oosterlynck and Federico Savini
    International Journal of Urban and Regional Research October 2016

    ‘I would advise anyone interested in understanding suburban processes in a global context to read this book.’


    Bernadette Hanlon
    Journal of Planning Education and Research vol 37:01:2017

    ‘Many of the book’s essays offer rewarding and provocative overviews of suburban development in particular countries and regions and deserve to be read by anyone interested in the diverse ways in which suburbanization is changing our world.’


    Andrew Sancton
    Canadian Journal of Urban Research vol 24:01:2015

    Suburban Governance is a landmark volume for the consolidation of global urban studies, making an important contribution to a new generation of scholarship marking out the opportunities for inventive theorization and the renewal of the conceptual landscape of the field. It sets a new standard for the growing commitment to post-colonialize urban studies.”
    Jennifer Robinson, Department of Geography, University College London

    Suburban Governance is an important contribution to intellectual discussions about suburbanization. This collection is very much up there with the best work on critical urban theory.”
    Andrew E.G. Jonas, Department of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences, University of Hull

    “This collection provides compelling insight into the global nature of suburban development and the various ways in which the dynamics of (sub)urban development play out in different political and economic contexts.”
    Andrew Wood, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky
  • Author Information

    Pierre Hamel is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the Université de Montréal.

    Roger Keil is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and the principal investigator of Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Governance in a Suburban World (Pierre Hamel and Roger Keil)

    Section 1: Suburban Governance

    1. Governing Suburbia: Modalities and Mechanisms of Suburban Governance (Michael Ekers, Pierre Hamel, and Roger Keil)

    2. A Note on Governance: More Intervening Variables, Please (Robert Young)

    Section 2: Suburban Governance in the Classical Anglo-Saxon Cases

    3. The United States: Suburban Imaginaries and Metropolitan Realities (Jan Nijman and Tom Clery)

    4. Modalities of Suburban Governance in Canada (Roger Keil, Pierre Hamel, Elena Chou, and Kieran Williams)

    5. Governing Suburban Australia (Louise C. Johnson)

    6. Chicago-School Suburbanism (Jamie Peck)

    Section 3: The Existing Alternatives

    7. Suburban Governance in Western Europe (Nicholas A. Phelps and Amparo Tarazona Vento)

    8. Suburbia in Three Acts: The East European Story (Sonia Hirt and Atanas Kovachev)

    9. Governing Shrinkage of Large Housing Estates at the Fringe (Sigrun Kabisch and Dieter Rink)

    10. Suburbanization in Latin America: Towards New Authoritarian Modes of Governance at the Urban Margin (Dirk Heinrichs and Henning Nuissl)

    11. On the Relations of Culture and Suburbia: How to Give Meaning to the Suburban Landscape? (Thomas Sieverts)

    Section 4: The Emerging Models

    12. Africa’s New Suburbs (Robin Bloch)

    13. Shifting Terrain: Questions of Governance in India’s Cities and Their Peripheries (Shubhra Gururani and Burak Kose)

    14. Suburban Development and Governance in China (Fulong Wu and Jie Shen)

    15. Deconstructing the Decentralized Urban Spaces of the Mega-Urban Regions in the Global South (Terry McGee)

    16. Governing the Postcolonial Suburbs (Ananya Roy)

    Conclusion: Suburban Governance: Convergent and Divergent Dynamics (Roger Keil and Pierre Hamel)

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