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A Persistent Agrarian Town: Smallville

Karen Davis-Brown

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226734118.003.0003
A Persistent Agrarian Town: Smallville

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This chapter presents a case study of rural change in Smallville, Illinois. It provides information of employment and demographic profiles and describes the community change in terms of space and place in Smallville. Local citizens work together simply to sustain what they value about their modest community and their cooperative activities are motivated by a shared priority for preserving the town for future generations. Through dedicated civic service of community members, each successive generation learns to be good citizens, to have respect for elders, and to develop a loyalty that cements a place attachment to Smallville.

Keywords: rural change; Smallville; Illinois; cooperative activities; shared priority; civic service; good citizens; place attachment; community change

Chapter.  5865 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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