- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (September 28, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300124171
- ISBN-13: 978-0300124170
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,155,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bourgeois Nightmares: Suburbia, 1870-1930 First Edition Edition
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"Fascinating." -- Barbara Fisher "Boston Globe"
"Fogelson systematically examines for the first time the phenomenon of restrictive covenants from a historical perspective, telling us much about the impact they have had (and continue to have) on where and how we live. This book is essential reading."-Richard Longstreth, George Washington University
"Required reading for anyone who wants to understand not just land use but American culture itself, "Bourgeois Nightmares" explains the emergence of restrictive covenants, a fundamental but relatively unexplored cornerstone of American suburbia. Robert Fogelson deftly connects historical particularities with an insightful and nuanced social analysis."-Gwendolyn Wright, Columbia University, author of "Building the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America"
"This masterful study of the netherworld of racial and social exclusions that once walled off the American suburb is not only an original and troubling inquiry into the origins of our gated communities and divided metropolitan regions. It is also and above all a profound examination of the divided psyche of the American middle class and the deep tensions that underlie American democracy."-Robert Fishman, University of Michigan, author of "Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia"
"In his deeply researched and well-written book ." "Fogelson persuasively demonstrates that fear-not future-looking optimism-shaped the geography of metropolitan America."-Thomas J. Sugrue, "Nation"
-- Thomas J. Sugrue "Nation"
"In his deeply researched and well-written book," "Fogelson persuasively demonstrates that fear-not future-looking optimism-shaped the geography of metropolitan America."-Thomas J. Sugrue, "Nation"
""Bourgeois Nightmares "is an original and sweeping history of restrictive covenants and the role they played in the development of high-end American suburbs. It is a great subject and the book is fascinating. This will be a standard work in the field of urban studies for many years to come."-Douglas W. Rae, author of "City: Urbanism and Its End"
"Based on an amazingly comprehensive review of deed restrictions across the nation, driven by a brilliant analysis of American suburban history and culture, and written in a style that engages the reader as with a good mystery, "Bourgeois Nightmares" is a landmark study of enormous value to anybody interested in understanding the governance and culture of suburbia."-Evan C. McKenzie, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of "Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government"""
"In his deeply researched and well-written book . . . Fogelson persuasively demonstrates that fear-not future-looking optimism-shaped the geography of metropolitan America."-Thomas J. Sugrue, "Nation"
About the Author
Robert M. Fogelson is professor of urban studies and history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of several books about American urban history, most recently Downtown: Its Rise and Fall, 1880–1950, published by Yale University Press.
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The author does not discuss many of the purported, and debated, consequences these developments have generated. That is not the purpose of the book. There are other books covering that treatment.
So the previous poster is off the mark. Way off the mark. They reference the America's continued purchase of these properties as an indication of their stupidity. This is unfounded. America desires the suburban properties because they maximize privacy which people value. They do not want to be forced to purchase many of the forms proposed by the design geniuses (Duany et al.) because these forms of design do not maximize the values desired by individuals. Yes, there are costs to this form of development.
But Americans have made the decision to pay these costs so they can enjoy privacy. These are the costs of freedom. If you do not wish to pay those costs, be honest and advocate for the abolition of freedom in what type of property we can purchase. But do not cast the lack of favor for "enlightened development" of property as stupid, because that is little more than intellectual snobbery and dishonesty. In short this book is worth buying.
This author could have well spent more time looking at the bigger picture, rather than beating us with one fact.