Mary P. Corcoran, Jane Gray, and Michel Peillon
"A major contribution in exploring the social meaning of
the suburbanization of Ireland."
—Timothy J. White, Xavier University
Since the mid-1990s Ireland has experienced an extraordinary phase of
economic and social development. Housing estates have mushroomed
around towns and cities, most notably around the environs of Dublin.
Seeking to understand the impact of these recent developments, Corcoron,
Gray, and Peillon initiated the New Urban Living study, a detailed
research project focused on four suburbs of Dublin. Suburban Affiliations
represents the culmination of that research, offering an invaluable contribution
to the study of suburbanization and to our understanding of the
process of social change that has come to Ireland.
Challenging the mostly negative assessment that has been made of
the suburban social fabric, the authors argue that residents of suburban
estates are not disaffiliated; rather, they are connected with the place
they live and with each other in many different ways. The book maps
the nature, quality, and focus of these affiliations, analyzing the ways in
which suburbs differ from one another. The authors consider whether the
Irish suburbs exhibit indigenous or European qualities, or whether they
are an extension of a globalizing American suburban frontier. Employing
a case study approach, they provide rich insight into how those who live
in the suburbs feel about their surroundings. At the same time, the book
as a whole develops a universal narrative that coheres around the notion
of suburban affiliations.
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Mary P. Corcoran and Michel Peillon are professors of sociology at the
National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Jane Gray is a senior lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. All are research associates of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis.
6 x 9, 328 pages,18 black-and-white illustrations, 26 figures, 1 map, 10 tables, notes, appendix, bibliography, index