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A Shabby, Dying Town: Splitville

Jane B. Tornatore

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/9780226734118.003.0008
A Shabby, Dying Town: Splitville

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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

Chapter.  8796 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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