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Newcomers to old towns : suburbanization of the heartland

Author: Sonya Salamon; et al
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2003.
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"Although the death of the small town has been predicted for decades, during the 1990s the population of rural America actually increased by more than three million people. In this book, Sonya Salamon explores these rural newcomers and the impact they have on the social relationships, public spaces, and community resources of small town America." "Salamon draws on richly detailed ethnographic studies of six small  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sonya Salamon; et al
ISBN: 0226734129 9780226734125
OCLC Number: 49683593
Description: xv, 245 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Changes in the Heartland --
Community Connections, Resources, and People --
Dynamics of Small-Town Change --
Newcomers, Old Towns --
A Persistent Agrarian Town: Smallville --
Upscale Suburbanization: Prairieview --
Boosterism Breeds Suburbanization: Bunkerton --
Blue-Collar Ethnic Accommodation: Corntown --
Ethnic Succession in Process: Arbordale --
A Shabby, Dying Town: Splitville --
The Postagrarian Countryside --
Whither the Rural Heartland? --
The Regional Suburbanization Neighborhood Hypothesis (with Matteo B. Marini) --
Community Sample Characteristics and Study Methods.
Responsibility: Sonya Salamon with the collaboration of Karen Davis-Brown ... [et al.].
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Although the death of the small town has been predicted for decades, during the 1990s the population of rural America actually increased by more than 3 million people. In this work Sonya Salamon  Read more...

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"This book convincingly demonstrates that salvation through suburban sprawl is a devil's bargain for small-town America."--Matthew D. Lassiter "Journal of Planning History "

 
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schema:reviewBody""Although the death of the small town has been predicted for decades, during the 1990s the population of rural America actually increased by more than three million people. In this book, Sonya Salamon explores these rural newcomers and the impact they have on the social relationships, public spaces, and community resources of small town America." "Salamon draws on richly detailed ethnographic studies of six small towns in central Illinois, including a town with upscale subdivisions that lured wealthy professionals as well as towns whose agribusinesses drew working-class Mexicano migrants and immigrants. She finds that regardless of the class or ethnicity of the newcomers, if their social status differs relative to that of oldtimers, their effect on a town has been the same: suburbanization that erodes the close-knit small town community, with especially severe consequences for small town youth. To successfully combat the homogenization of the heartland, Salamon argues, newcomers must work with oldtimers so that together they sustain the vital aspects of community life and identity that first drew them to small towns." "An illustration of the recent revitalization of interest in the small town, Salamon's work provides a significant addition to the growing literature on the subject. Social scientists, sociologists, policymakers, and urban planners will appreciate this important contribution to the ongoing discussion of social capital and the transformation in the study and definition of communities."--Jacket."
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