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Sonya Salamon

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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Dynamics of Small-Town Change

Dynamics of Small-Town Change

(p.32) 2 Dynamics of Small-Town Change
Newcomers to Old Towns

Sonya Salamon

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the dynamics of small town-change in the U.S. and analyzes how and why rural places are transformed. It describes rural communities as being characterized by tension between farmers in the countryside and boosters who were owners of main-street businesses. It also highlights the role of boosterism in generating competition that spawns a town hierarchy measured by size and actual or perceived winners and losers in the unrelenting struggle for resources.

Keywords:   small-town change, U.S., rural places, boosters, boosterism, rural communities, competition, town hierarchy

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