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Newcomers to Old Towns: Suburbanization of the Heartland

Sonya Salamon


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. This book explores these rural newcomers and the impact they have on the social relationships, public spaces, and community resources of small town America. The author 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 fin ... More

Keywords: small town America, rural America, social relationships, public spaces, community resources, Illinois, Mexicano migrants, social status, suburbanization, community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226734125
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226734118.001.0001


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Sonya Salamon, author

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