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Author Dickinson, Greg, 1964- author.

Title Suburban dreams : imagining and building the good life / Greg Dickinson.

Publication Info. Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [2015]


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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 250 pages) : illustrations.
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Series Rhetoric, culture, and social critique
Rhetoric, culture, and social critique.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Rhetorical Constructions of the Good Life; I. Imaging the Suburban Good Life; 1. Everyday Practices, Rhetoric, and the Suburban Good Life; 2. Imaging the Good Life: Visual Images of the Suburban Good Life; II. Home and Kitchen: Building Safe and Authentic Space; 3. Housing the Good Life: Residential Architecture and Neighborhoods; 4. Eating the Good Life: Authenticity, Exoticism, and Rhetoric's Embodied Materiality in the Italian-Themed Suburban Restaurant; III. Consuming Suburbs: Building Sacred and Civic Space.
5. Worshipping the Good Life: Megachurches and the Making of the Suburban Moral Landscape6. Buying the Good Life: How the Lifestyle Center Became Suburbia's Civic Square; Conclusion: Remembering and Rethinking Suburbs; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Summary Starting with the premise that suburban films, residential neighborhoods, chain restaurants, malls, and megachurches are compelling forms (topos) that shape and materialize the everyday lives of residents and visitors, Greg Dickinson's Suburban Dreams offers a rhetorically attuned critical analysis of contemporary American suburbs and the "good life" their residents pursue. Dickinson's analysis suggests that the good life is rooted in memory and locality, both of which are foundations for creating a sense of safety central to the success of suburbs. His argument is situated first in a discussi.
Subject Suburban life in popular culture -- United States.
Suburbs -- Social aspects -- United States.
Suburban life -- United States.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- General.
Suburban life. (OCoLC)fst01136930
Suburban life in popular culture. (OCoLC)fst01201692
Suburbs -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01136952
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Other Form: Print version: Dickinson, Greg. Suburban dreams. Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [2015] (DLC) 2014044261
ISBN 9780817388119 (electronic book)
0817388117 (electronic book)
9780817318635 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
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