There is no doubt about the quantitative significanceof suburbia in the twentieth century growth of cities on both sides of the Atlantic. Nor can there be much dispute that suburbia is one of the typical landscapes of the contemporny world. Nevertheless, the claims of suburbia as a legitimate object of study have been largely ignored. The reasons for this situation are complex, but special emphasis needs to be laid upon (a) the strong focus-of urban studies on other areas of the city, especially the central and inner city and (b) a pervasive anti-suburban prejudice, which has sterotyped suburbia as dull, homogeneous and inherently less 'worthy- of study.