The paths of Hope Valley: the political and social meaning of making home in a North Carolina suburb Public Deposited

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  • Michael, Kelsey Sherrod
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of American Studies, Folklore Program
  • In this paper I examine how residents of two contiguous suburban neighborhoods in southwest Durham, North Carolina, make home. Drawing on ethnographic work conducted from 2012-2013 and theories of practice and performance, I consider how residents of these neighborhoods, each reflecting distinct phases of the development of the knowledge economy in this part of the South, make home through spatial rather than structural practices. I focus on the ways contradictory elements of the American Dream--control over private property, access to public space, exclusivity, convenience, family--play out in the everyday lives of residents through experiences of both private and public suburban spaces. Ultimately the dream's internal discord requires the same residents who invest in its ideology also to resist it, in one neighborhood by transforming and transitorily dismantling houses from within, and in the other by undermining the principle of private property they value so highly.
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  • Sawin, Patricia
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