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Faculty of Science

School Of Geography & Earth Sciences

Richard Harris
Richard Harris

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General Science Building, Rm 216
(905) 525-9140 ext. 27216
(905) 546-0463
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Summary

Housing; Suburban development; Urban social geography; Urban historical geography; Canadian and US cities in the twentieth century; Urban development in the British colonies.

I am interested in how the built environment has reflected and shaped our lives, with particular reference to dwellings and residential environments. The influence of the built environment often becomes apparent, and also changes, over long periods of time, and I have found it fruitful to undertake historical research as well as studies of the present. (I am an Associate of the Department of History at McMaster.) Dwellings frame much of our daily life and offer a valuable prism through which to study social, cultural, and economic change.

I have used, and am using, housing as a prism in two contexts:

  1. The history of housing, neighbourhoods and suburbs in North America in the twentieth century. By studying the linkages between production and consumption of these environments it is possible to ground, and extend, recent debates about the cultural construction of the economy, and about class and gender differences in the meaning of consumption. The most recent work coming out of this research is What's in a Name? Talking about Urban Peripheries (edited with Charlotte Vorms) (Toronto, 2017). A companion volume, The Urban Land Market (coedited with Ute Lehrer) will be published in 2018. My main writing project at present is a history of neighbourhoods and neighbourhood planning in Canada since 1900.

  2. The current housing scene in Hamilton, Ontario, paying particular attention to the character of the rental stock. Students have interviewed landlords and tenants, and are undertaking an analysis of the growth of condominiums and of patterns of ownership of the rental housing stock. Projected research will examine social and affordable housing. The results of these studies are being interpreted in the context of an analysis of the changing social geography of hamilton since 1970. This research is being undertaken in association with the Neighbourhood Change Research Project, directed by David Hulchanski at the University of Toronto. This project is examining neighbourhood change in seven Canadian cities.

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Richard Harris. 2015. International Policy for Urban Housing Markets in the Global South since 1945, in Faranak Miraftab and Neema Kudva eds. Cities of the Global South . New York: Routledge, 122-123.

Richard Harris. 2015. La questione du terrain suburbaine (with Ute Lehrer and Robin Bloch) Pole Sud 42 (2015): 63-85.

Richard Harris . 2014. Using Toronto to explore three suburban stereotypes Environment and Planning A DOI: 10.1068/a46298 Advance online publication, 2014 http://www.envplan.com/abstract.cgi?id=a46298

Richard Harris. 2014. Urban Land Markets: A Southern Exposure, in Susan Parnell and Sophie Oldfield, eds., From the South. A Cities Handbook New York: Routledge. 109-121

Richard Harris. 2014. Introduction (with Robert Lewis) to E.P. Richards, Report by Request of the Trust on the Condition, Improvement and Town Planning of the City of Calcutta and Contiguous Areas (Ware, Herts, 1914), vii-xxi. Reprinted with an introduction. New York: Routledge

Richard Harris. 2014. The Imprint of the Owner-Builder on American Suburbs. In Michael Conzen and Peter Larkham, eds., Shapers of the Urban Form. Explorations in Morphological Agency . London: Routledge, 193-216.

Richard Harris. 2012. Building a Market. The Rise of the Home Improvement industry, 1914-1960 Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Richard Harris. 2004. Creeping Conformity How Canada became Suburban, 1900-1960 . Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Richard Harris and Peter Larkham, eds. 1999. Changing Suburbs. Foundation, Form and Function, edited, with Peter Larkham. London: E and FN Spon.

Richard Harris. 1996. Unplanned Suburbs. Toronto's American Tragedy, 1900-1950 . Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Richard Harris. 2015. Using Toronto to explore three suburban stereotypes Environment and Planning A (forthcoming)

Richard Harris. 2014. International Policy for Urban Housing Markets in the Global South since 1945, in Faranak Miraftab and Neema Kudva eds. Cities of the Global South. New York: Routledge.

Richard Harris. 2014. Urban Land Markets: A Southern Exposure, in Susan Parnell and Sophie Oldfield, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Cities of the Global South. New York: Routledge.

Richard Harris . 2013. The Rise of Filtering Down. The American Housing Market Transformed, 1918-1929. Social Science History 37, 4: 515-549.

Richard Harris and Robert Lewis. 2012. Numbers didn't count. The streets of colonial Bombay and Calcutta Urban History 39, 4: 639-658.

Richard Harris . 2010. Meaningful Types in a World of Suburbs. In Mark Clapson and Ray Hutchinson, eds, Suburbanisation in a Global Society. Research in Urban Sociology No.10. Bingley: Emerald Group.

Richard Harris . 2009. The Birth of the Housing Consumer in the United States, 1918-1960. International Journal of Consumer Studies 33: 525-532.

Richard Harris. 2008. Development and Hybridity Made Concrete in the Colonies Environment and Planning A. 40: 15-36

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca