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Sprawl, Justice, and Citizenship – The Civic Costs of the American Way of Life - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Sprawl, Justice, and Citizenship: The Civic Costs of the American Way of Life

Thad Williamson


Must the strip mall and the eight-lane highway define 21st century American life? That is a central question posed by critics of suburban and exurban living in America. Yet despite the ubiquity of the critique, it never sticks—Americans by the scores of millions have willingly moved into sprawling developments over the past few decades. Americans find many of the more substantial criticisms of sprawl easy to ignore because they often come across as snobbish in tone. Yet as this book explains, sprawl does create real, measurable social problems. This book is unique in two important ways. First, ... More

Keywords: suburban living, exurban living, America, sprawl, social problems, civic disengagement, inequality, environment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195369434
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369434.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thad Williamson, author
University of Richmond