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The Moral Order of a Suburb - M. P. Baumgartner

The Moral Order of a Suburb

Paperback Published: 28th February 1991
ISBN: 9780195069952
Number Of Pages: 192

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Surrounding all major cities in the United States are numerous smaller communities collectively known as suburbia. The most popular place of residence in America, the suburbs are peaceful and tranquil environments, where civility prevails and disturbances of the peace are uncommon. Drawing on research, observation, and hundreds of in-depth interviews conducted during a twelve-month study of an affluent New York City suburb, M.P. Baumgartner reveals that the apparent serenity of the suburb is caused by the avoidance of open conflict. She contends that although nonviolence, nonconfrontation, and tolerance produce a superficial social harmony, these behaviors arise from disintegrative tendencies in modern culture--transience, fragmentation, weak family and communal ties, isolation, and indifference--conditions customarily viewed as sources of disorder, antagonism, and violence. A kind of moral minimalism pervades the suburbs, a disorganized social order that, with the suburbs' rapid growth in America, promises to be the moral order of the future. A valuable contribution to the literature on social control, this study of conflict management should attract general readers and scholars alike.

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"Excellent social overview of suburban life."--Ken Munsell, Central Washington University "A refreshing addition to existing critiques of contemporary urban design and planning. It makes planners and designers ponder what kind of life the suburban built environment supports and facilitates."--Journal of the American Planning Association "In this litigious and impatient society, it is rare to find a documentation of community in which an underlying minimalist moral order produces an outer harmony that hides a level of detachment."--Marc Pilisuk, University of California--Davis "A very stimulating and well-written monograph, which should be appreciated by many undergraduate and graduate students."--Contemporary Sociology "An important contribution to our knowledge of social control in an increasingly significant segment of society, the metropolitan suburb. The study is rich with insight and understanding of the meanings of events in the context of suburban life."--Matthew Silberman, Bucknell University

ISBN: 9780195069952
ISBN-10: 0195069951
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 28th February 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.13 x 13.72  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.24

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