Category Archives: Books – Suburban Studies

Book | The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by Willie Jennings

9780300152111Jennings, Willie James. The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race. New Haven CT: Yale University Press, 2010.

jenningsAuthor – Willie Jennings

Dr. Simpson gave a wonderful lecture on Aristotle so that we could better understand Jennings arguments.

I think this has deep implications for Suburban Spirituality. The suburbs are predominantly comprised of those “higher” on the “actualized” scale and embedded with White, European, Aristotelian, Colonializing imaginations that are blind to the complicity inherent within the status quo of our current Christian praxis. I’ll definitely need to process this more intensely. read more

Book | The American Suburb by Jon C. Teaford

american-suburb-basics-jon-teaford-paperback-cover-artTeaford, Jon C. The American Suburb: The Basics. New York: Routledge, 2008. 

The Author

Jon C. Teaford is Professor Emeritus of Urban History at Purdue University. I was not able to find much biographical information about him. However, his students rated him extremely high on One student said, “Dr. Teaford was the BEST teacher I ever had in my entire educational career and I am a teacher now because of HIM! He made history come to life and is one that I will always remember.” [1] read more

Book | A Theology of the Built Environment

1553491Gorringe, Timothy. A Theology of the Built Environment: Justice, Empowerment, Redemption. Cambridge, U.K.; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

The Author

gorringeTim Gorringe worked in parishes for six years before going to South India to teach theology at the Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary, where he worked for seven years. On return to Britain he was for nine years Chaplain, Fellow and Tutor in Theology at St John’s College, Oxford. In 1995 he became Reader in Contextual Theology at St Andrew’s and in 1998 took up his present post as St Luke’s Professor of Theological Studies. read more

Book | Suburban Nation by Andres Duany


Duany, Andres, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck. Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. 10th anniversary ed. New York: North Point Press, 2010.

The Author

Andrés Duany (born September 7, 1949) is an American architect and urban planner.

Duany was born in New York City but grew up in Cuba until 1960.[1] He attended The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) and received his undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University. After a year of study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, he received a master’s degree in architecture from the Yale School of Architecture.[1] read more