Award Date

1-1-1996

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Sociology

First Committee Member

Robert Parker

Number of Pages

242

Abstract

The U.S. has experienced a dramatic proliferation of corporate master-planned communities, along with a related equally sharp increase in the numbers of people governed by private residential community associations (RCAs). Increasing by approximately 9,500 annually, RCA's are expected to grow from 130,000 in 1990 to approximately 225,000 by the year 2000. This trend is a manifestation of both the historical commodification of urban and community space and the gradual imposition of the corporate bureaucratic structure into community maintenance and governance. Intended to stimulate commodity need fulfillment and ensure the continued dominance of patriarchal bourgeois ideology, this new community form has come to dominate alternative community form. This examination places these trends in critical perspective, specifically addressing agency, conflict, resistance, and the historical and current struggles to create cooperatively self-determined alternative community space that fundamentally challenges dominant ideology.

Keywords

Capitalist; Commodification; Communes; Communities; Master; Planned; Rise; Space; United States; Urban

Controlled Subject

Social structure; City planning

File Format

pdf

File Size

4966.4 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/6gaw-c21c


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