Filming Postbourgeois Suburbia: Office Space and the New American Suburb

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Title
Filming Postbourgeois Suburbia: Office Space and the New American Suburb
Identifier
fac_pubs/4
Date
6/1/2009
Abstract
The article examines how the depiction of American suburbia in motion pictures illustrates the physical, cultural, and demographic changes in modern suburban society. Particular attention is paid to the portrayal of the suburban landscape in the 1999 film "Office Space," written and directed by Mike Judge. The "polymorphous" landscape of "Office Space" shows single family homes along side office parks, apartments, restaurants and retail spaces. How the film introduces new sources of angst and oppression to contemporary suburbia is assessed. It is suggested that the film highlights the fact that the suburbs Americans actually live in are fundamentally different from the ones that once dominated the cultural imagination.
Publisher
Wiley
Language
eng
Type
Text
department or school name within institution
Geography
Source
Journal of Popular Culture
volume
42
issue
3
page start
497
page end
514
note
NOTICE: Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version of this document can be found online at <em>Journal of Popular Culture</em>, published by Wiley Blackwell. Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5931.2009.00692.x">10.1111/j.1540-5931.2009.00692.x</a>
Bibliographic Citation
Huston, S. (2009). Filming postbourgeois suburbia: office space and the new American suburb. Journal Of Popular Culture, 42(3), 497-514. doi:10.1111/j.1540-5931.2009.00692.x
history note
362
Creator
Shaun Huston