Degrowth in the Suburbs

Degrowth in the Suburbs

A Radical Urban Imaginary

by Samuel Alexander and Brendan Gleeson

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 25/10/2019

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This book addresses a central dilemma of the urban age: how to make the vast suburban landscapes that ring the globe safe and sustainable in the face of planetary ecological crisis. The authors argue that degrowth, a planned contraction of economic overshoot, is the only feasible principle for suburban renewal. They depart from the anti-suburban sentiment of much environmentalism to show that existing suburbia can be the centre-ground of transition to a new social dispensation based on the principle of self-limitation. The book offers a radical new urban imaginary, that of degrowth suburbia, which can arise Phoenix like from the increasingly stressed cities of the affluent Global North and guide urbanisation in a world at risk. This means dispensing with much contemporary green thinking, including blind faith in electric vehicles and high-density urbanism, and accepting the inevitability and the benefits of planned energy descent. A radical but necessary vision for the times.
ISBN:
9789811347368
9789811347368
Category:
Urban communities
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
25-10-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
210.06x148.08x12.19mm
Weight:
0.28kg
Samuel Alexander

Samuel Alexander has written about a variety of topics and in all sorts of media, from magazine articles and scripts to beard blogs (yes you read that right), and is a passionate writer of fiction.

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