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Suburbia Planning - Modernity Forgets

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 21 October 2009

How do housing estates and suburbs serve or fail to serve their residents? Three out of four British people live in the suburbs, many of which grew as cities and their populations expanded. Laurie Taylor is joined by Paul Barker and Lynsey Hanley to discuss housing estates and suburbs. What form of housing most fulfills people's desires? And will urban planning ever be able to fulfill Aneurin Bevan's dream of social integration?

Also on the programme, why modernity makes us forgetful. Does the speed and transience of life today damage our shared and individual memories? The social anthropologist Paul Connerton thinks it does. He discusses his latest book with Laurie Taylor.

  • Paul Connerton

    Paul Connerton, Social Theorist and Research Associate in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge

    How Modernity Forgets
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    ISBN-10: 0521745802
    ISBN-13: 978-0521745802

    Find out more about Paul Connerton
  • Paul Barker

    Paul Barker, Senior Research Fellow at the Young Foundation and author of The Other Britain, Town and Country and Towards a New Landscape

    The Freedoms of Suburbia
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    ISBN-10: 0711229783
    ISBN-13: 978-0711229785

    Find out more about Paul Barker
  • Lynsey Hanley

    Lynsey Hanley, journalist and writer

    Estates; An Intimate History
    Publisher: Granta Books
    ISBN-10: 1862079854
    ISBN-13: 978-1862079854

    Find out more about Lynsey Hanley



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