"This Ain't So Bad": The Suburban Furrow in Transit"

Long, Christian (2015) "This Ain't So Bad": The Suburban Furrow in Transit". 49th Parallel, 1 35: 30-46.

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Author Long, Christian
Title "This Ain't So Bad": The Suburban Furrow in Transit"
Journal name 49th Parallel   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1753-5794
Publication date 2015-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 1
Issue 35
Start page 30
End page 46
Total pages 17
Place of publication Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Publisher Department of American and Canadian Studies, The University of Birmingham
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In this article I argue that late-twentieth century cinematic representations of interactions with the built environment offer clues to how the everyday infrastructure of parking lots and roadways reveal late-twentieth century suburban anxieties. While there may be stress at home or at work, the lack of viable alternatives to suburban life and the increasingly exclusionary character of suburbia appear consistently in its built environment. In Hollywood films about suburbia, including The Family Man (Brett Ratner 2000), and subUrbia (Richard Linklater 1996), the in-between spaces of suburbia appear in sequences that introduce conflict within taken-for-granted interactions with the built environment, such as the commute. While suburban built environments appear to function as the apparently inert background to narrative conflicts, their looming presence in moments of transit between home and work marks a particularly suburban set of spatial practices. Films such as The Family Man and subUrbia introduce conflict on the road – and while these conflicts certainly address the interpersonal problems of suburban life, they also imagine how a spatial re-ordering of suburbia needs to begin not in the private spaces of home and office, but in the shared infrastructure...
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Additional Notes Other title: '“This Ain’t So Bad”: Escaping the Suburban Furrow in Transit.'

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