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Making Sense of Suburbia Through Popular Culture


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Seeking Culture in a Cultural Void? The Relationship Between Suburbia and Popular Culture Writing Suburbia: The Periphery in Novels The Sound of the Suburbs: Noise From Out of Nowhere? Pastoral Paradises and Social Realism: Cinematic Representations of Suburban Complexity Suburbia on the Box Women on the Edge? Representations of the Postwar Suburban Woman in Popular Culture to the Present Day Conclusion: Towards a Rewritten Heterogeneity of Suburbia

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Explores how notions of suburbia have developed in our collective imagination, examining novels, cinema, popular music and television in the US and UK.

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Rupa Huq is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Kingston University. She is a former Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Ealing and the Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Ealing Central and Acton constituency at the 2015 UK general election. She is a columnist for Tribune, an occasional DJ and the author of Beyond Subculture: Pop, Youth and Identity in a Postcolonial World (2006).


Rupa Huq's book exhibits brio and suburban style. It is a lively, engaging and informative read which will appeal to students and a wider audience too. * Nick Hubble, Brunel University, UK *

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