Organic Wines and Little Debbies in the New Company Town: The Post-Industrial Politics of Rural Redevelopment Public Deposited

Downloadable Content

Download PDF
Last Modified
  • March 19, 2019
  • Cotterman, Rachel
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography
  • This qualitative case study examines Saxapahaw—a former textile mill village in central North Carolina that has recently been incorporated into a consumption-based regime of accumulation—as a contested site of rural gentrification, exploring the key insights that the unique social and material landscapes of Piedmont textile mill villages offer the rural gentrification literature, which has by-and-large overlooked the southern United States. I follow Phillips (2002) lead in applying a three-part Lefebvrian approach to unpacking the material, symbolic, and social production of gentrifying rural spaces. By exploring the "sedimentations" (Lefebvre, 1956) left by Saxapahaw's company town period, this project illuminates how the social relations of gentrifying communities have deep roots in previous stages of capitalist production. In Saxapahaw, these enduring legacies include a nostalgic rural lifestyle marketed to new residents and tourists, persistent forms of social inequality, and naturalized structures of power and governance that shape the gentrification process.
Date of publication
Resource type
Rights statement
  • In Copyright
  • Olson, Elizabeth
  • Reyes, Alvaro
  • Cravey, Altha
  • Master of Arts
Degree granting institution
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
Graduation year
  • 2016

This work has no parents.