What's in a Name?

Talking about Urban Peripheries

Edited by Richard Harris & Charles Vorms
Categories: Society and culture: general, Society and Social Sciences
Series: Global Suburbanisms
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Paperback : 9781442626966, 376 pages, July 2017

Table of contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Preface, and acknowledgements

1. Introduction – Richard Harris and Charlotte Vorms

2. The Naming Process – Christian Topalov

3. ‘Suburb’ is not a rude word in Australia’. A lexical history of Australian suburbs – Graeme Davison

4. Doubts about ‘suburbs’ in Canada – Amy Shanks, V. Coates and R. Harris

5. Defining peripheral places in Quebec. A review of key planning reports and media (1960-2012) – Claire Poitras

6. Bombay’s Urban Edge: Villages, Suburbs, Slums, and the expanding city – N. Rao

7. Kampungs, Buitenwijken and Kota Mandiri. Naming the urban fringe on Java, Indonesia – Freek Colombijn and Abidin Kusno

8. From favela to communidade, and beyond. The taming of Rio de Janeiro – Rafael S. Gonçalves and Francesca Pilo'

9. Naming Rome’s Edge. Cultural and Political Representations of the Borgata – Francesco Bartolini

10. Naming Madrid’s working-class periphery, 1860-1970. The construction of urban illegitimacy – Charlotte Vorms

11. To name or not to name. Contradictions in naming processes of one Bucharest district – Ioana Florea

12. Some reflections on comparing (post-)suburbs in U. S. and France – R. Le Goix

13. Périurbain, from woes to words. Political and social uses of a new administrative category – Anne Lambert

14. The new neighbourhoods. The discursive (and other) transformation of South Sofia’s modest beginnings – Sonia Hirt

15. Lost in Translation: Names, Meanings, and Development Strategies of Beijing’s Periphery – Xuefei Ren

16. Concluding suggestions – Richard Harris



What’s in a Name? brings together experts from around the world in order to provide a truly global framework for the study of the urban periphery. By exploring the ways in which local individuals speak about the urban periphery, the contributors bridge the assumed divide between the global North and the global South.