Commonplaces: Community Ideology and Identity in American Culture

Commonplaces: Community Ideology and Identity in American Culture

by David M. Hummon



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791402757
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/01/1990
Series: SUNY series in the Sociology of Culture Series
Pages: 252

About the Author

David M. Hummon is Associate Professor of Sociology at Holy Cross College.

Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, and Exhibits


Part I: Introduction

1. Community Perspectives: Community Ideology and American Society

Commonplaces about Community Belief
Perspective, Ideology, amd Society

2. Minding Community: The Interpretation of Community Belief and Sentiment

Interpretation: An Interdisciplinary Excursus
Community Ideology as a Cultural System
People and Places: Urbanists, Villagers, and Suburbanists

Part II: Symbolic Landscapes

3. Small-Town Ideology

Small-Town Popularity
Valleytown and its Perspective
The Symbolic Landscape

4. Urban Ideology

Beyond Antiurbansim
Urbanists, Reluctant Urbanites, and City Boosters
The Interpretive Perspective of Urban Ideology
Interpreting Urban Imagery

5. Suburban Ideology

Suburbia: Nightmare or Dream?
Suburban Ideology
Suburban Ideology and White Flight
Villagers and Urbanists in Suburbia
Competing Interpretations: Ideology and Suburbia

Part III: The Uses of Community Ideology

6. Community Apologetics: Ideology, Accounts, and Community Problems

Ideology and Community Problems
Accounting for Friendliness
Accounting for Safety and Crime
Ideology, Explanation, and Commitment

7. Community Identity

Beyond Placelessness
Identity and Ideology
Identification with Community: On Being a City Person
Community Identity as Self-Conception
Without Community Identity
Community Identity and American Society

Part IV: Conclusion

8. Community Ideology and American Culture

Community Rhetoric and Values
Community Ideology, Perspective, and American Culture
Community Perspectives and American Values
Community Ideology as Moral Perspective

Appendix: Researching Community Ideology: Reflections on Method

First Attempts: The Place Image Survey
The Emerging Strategy
Analysis and Community Ideology
Afterthoughts and Beyond




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