The new post-suburban politics?

Nicholas A. Phelps, Andrew M. Wood

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Settlements variously termed 'ex-urbs', 'edge cities', 'technoburbs' are taken to signal something different from suburbia and as a consequence might be considered post-suburban. Existing literature has focused on defining post-suburbia as a new era and as a new form of settlement space. Whether post-suburbia can also be delimited in terms of its distinctive politics is the open question explored here. The paper begins by considering the need to make urban political theory more tailored to the different settlements that populate the heavily urbanised regions of nations. The paper stresses the structural properties of capitalism that generate differences within the unity of the urbanisation process. It then discusses what is new about a class of post-suburban settlements, concentrating on what the increasing economic gravity of post-suburbia, the difficulty of bounding post-suburban communities and the continuing role of the state imply for understanding urban politics and the reformulation of urban political theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2591-2610
Number of pages20
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number12
StatePublished - Sep 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies


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