Degrowth in the Suburbs

A Radical Urban Imaginary

Brendan Gleeson, Samuel Alexander

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Sozialwissenschaften, Recht, Wirtschaft / Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie

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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.

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transition, energy, peak oil, carbon budgets, crisis, degrowth, suburbia, post-capitalism, suburbs, eco-cities, sufficiency