Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
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.
Capitalist; Commodification; Communes; Communities; Master; Planned; Rise; Space; United States; Urban
Social structure; City planning
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Derossett, David Lee, "Capitalist "communes" in the United States: The commodification of urban space and the rise of master-planned communities" (1996). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3271.