Dynamics of Small-Town Change

Sonya Salamon

in Newcomers to Old Towns

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780226734125
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226734118 | DOI:
Dynamics of Small-Town Change

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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

Chapter.  8611 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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