Anatoliy Breslavsky 1
  • 1 Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Sakhyanovoi Str., 6, Ulan-Ude, Russian Federation 670047

What Kind of World Do We Live in? A World of Suburbs!

2018, vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 342–355 [issue contents]
In the autumn of 2017 Polity Press published a monograph by Roger Keil, the famous Canadian urbanist and coordinator of international research projects in the field of sub/urban studies. The book, Suburban Planet, explores the historical, conceptual, and thematic issues of modern global suburbanization which has become a massive and significant phenomenon in various regions of the world. Using a wide spectrum of academic literature in the field of urban and suburban studies, the author declares that the existing base of “western” and “centripetal-centrifugal” urban theory has to be re-thought. On the one hand, this statement builds on expanding the geography of suburban research in addition to an acquaintance with another trajectories of sub/urbanization in the regions of the Global South in post-socialist countries, and, on the other hand, is a criticism of the derivative significance of modern suburbs in relation to urban centers. In expanding these ideas, Keil notes the need for conscious work with the conceptual apparatus that has to take other traditions of suburban studies and urban theory, as well as other languages and ways of thinking, into account, and undertaking studies beyond the Anglo-Saxon paradigm. For Keil, the growing importance of the various forms of peripheral urban development in the modern world becomes a reason for reconsidering the very grounds of the creation of urban theory, as well as social theory as a whole.
Citation: Breslavsky A. (2018) V kakom mire my zhivem? V mire prigorodov! [What Kind of World Do We Live in? A World of Suburbs!]. The Russian Sociological Review, vol. 17, no 2, pp. 342-355 (in Russian)
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