The sound of the suburbs

Huq, Rupa
December 2007
Soundings (13626620);Winter2007, Issue 37, p35
Academic Journal
This article argues in favor of the need to reconceptualise suburban life. Old associations of suburbia, such as ageing residents, net curtains, clipped hedges and whiteness, are in desperate need of updating as twentieth-century migration has given birth to the multi-ethnic twenty-first century suburb. The suburbs are now a site of extraordinary happenings, thereby calling into question received notions of Britishness. It explores a definition of suburbia, the progressive outward diffusion of ethnic groupings from inner-city areas to suburban areas, and fictitious portrayals of suburbia.


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