Title

Urbanization and the Dynamics of Suburban Development Under Capitalism

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

1984

Publication Source

William K. Tabb and Larry Sawers (eds.), Marxism and the Metropolis: New Perspectives in Urban Political Economy

Inclusive pages

54-81

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Place of Publication

New York

Edition/Version

2nd

ISBN/ISSN

0-19-503307-8

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

One of the most striking and significant social phenomena of the twentieth century has been the growth and proliferation of suburbs around large cities in the United States. From a limited and relatively rare social form at the beginning of this century, suburbs have developed into major growth poles for industrial and commercial investment and suburbanism has become a way of life for over ninety million Americans - by far a plurality of the population. The purpose of this chapter is to show how this historical development is rooted in the dynamics of the capitalist mode of production and to demonstrate how the specific evolution of suburbs both reflects and contributes to more general contradictions within the economic system.

Keywords

suburbs, suburbanization, capitalism, urban development, metropolitan economy

Disciplines

Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Sociology | Urban Studies and Planning

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