Creeping Conformity

Creeping Conformity

How Canada Became Suburban, 1900-1960

by Richard Harris

Hardback Publication Date: 16/06/2004

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Creeping Conformity, the first history of suburbanization in Canada, provides a geographical perspective - both physical and social - on Canada's suburban past. Shaped by internal and external migration, decentralization of employment, and increased use of the streetcar and then the automobile, the rise of the suburb held great social promise, reflecting the aspirations of Canadian families for more domestic space and home ownership. After 1945 however, the suburbs became stereotyped as a generic, physically standardized, and socially conformist type of place. By 1960, they had grown further away - physically and culturally - from their respective parent cities, and brought unanticipated social and environmental consequences. Government intervention too played a key role, causing a change in perception and encouraging mortgage indebtedness, amortization, and building and subdivision regulations to become the suburban norm. Suburban homes became less affordable and more standardized, and, for the first time, Canadian commentators began to speak disdainfully of'the suburbs,' or simply 'suburbia.'
Well researched, compellingly argued, and beautifully illustrated with maps and photos, Creeping Conformity traces how these perceptions emerged to reflect a new suburban reality.
ISBN:
9780802035561
9780802035561
Category:
Social groups
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
16-06-2004
Language:
English
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press
Country of origin:
Canada
Pages:
160
Dimensions (mm):
224x145x21mm
Weight:
0.4kg
Richard Harris

Richard 'Harry' Harris SC OAM is an Australian anaesthetist and cave diver who played a crucial role in the Tham Luang cave rescue. He and Craig Challen were jointly awarded 2019 Australian of the Year as a result of that rescue.

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