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Newcomers to Old TownsSuburbanization of the Heartland$
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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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A Shabby, Dying Town: Splitville

A Shabby, Dying Town: Splitville

(p.153) 8 A Shabby, Dying Town: Splitville
Newcomers to Old Towns

Jane B. Tornatore

University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents a case study of the failure of newcomers to make significant influence on the rural town of Splitville, Illinois. It discusses the struggle between village status groups motivated by nonmaterialistic issues of cultural ideas, respect and dignity and suggests that Splitville represents perhaps a worst-case contested-territory scenario for a postagrarian community. This chapter argues that what has occurred in Splitville represents a lost opportunity in the transforming of rural countryside because the death of a sense of community seems to have been hastened, rather than reversed, via the transformation by newcomers.

Keywords:   rural town, Splitville, Illinois, cultural ideas, postagrarian community, rural countryside, community, newcomers

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