Date of Award

Summer 8-1-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Marc Edelman, PhD

Second Advisor

Ida Susser, PhD

Academic Program Adviser

Marc Edelman


How do residents of a once small farming community react to rapid suburbanization? By examining rhetoric on growth, progress, and rurality, this thesis argues a complex landscape forms where longtime residents weave among pragmatism, disaffection, and nostalgia, with efforts to preserve memories of the past for themselves and future generations.



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