By Denise Lawrence-Zuniga
Bridging structure, anthropology, making plans, and concrete reviews, its special approach combines a research of historical maintenance with multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork, to shed interesting mild on problems with history, upkeep, gentrification, classification, ethnicity, and contested values in suburbia. those are matters which succeed in some distance past the surroundings of the book's concentration in California to the touch on topical debates in towns, suburbia, and gentrifying neighborhoods worldwide.
At the guts of the publication is an in depth comparative ethnography of maintenance practices and the altering landscapes of 5 suburban towns, the place prosperous owners have began to revive their early twentieth-century homes in neighborhoods as soon as struggling with decline. now not each neighbor, despite the fact that, stocks a similar aesthetic values, and intricate dynamics can come up. The research compares reports in 5 varied towns, and in numerous long term, immigrant, and gentrifying populations. subject matters published contain house owner recovery practices, aesthetic contestations, neighborhood advocacy, and public coverage, along an exploration of the social building of the ancient recovery strategy, and the way owners build 'historical' which means of their houses and neighbourhoods. those are issues with outcomes for nationwide and worldwide settings – of curiosity anywhere contested protection aesthetics and laws are reshaping older residential neighbourhoods and their social dynamics.
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Protecting Suburban America: Gentrification, Advocacy and the Historic Imaginary by Denise Lawrence-Zuniga