Behind the Gates Life, Security, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America

ISBN-10: 0415950414
ISBN-13: 9780415950411
Edition: 2003
Authors: Setha Low
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Description: In 2002 it was estimated that one in eight Americans will live in gated communities. What has sparked this alarming trend? Behind the Gates is Setha Low's revealing account of what life is like inside these suburban fortresses. After years  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/30/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

In 2002 it was estimated that one in eight Americans will live in gated communities. What has sparked this alarming trend? Behind the Gates is Setha Low's revealing account of what life is like inside these suburban fortresses. After years researching and interviewing families in Long Island, New York and San Antonio, Texas, Low provides an inside view of gated communities to help explain why people flee to these enclaves. Parents with children, young married couples, "empty-nesters," and retirees express their need for safety, their secret fears of a more ethnically diverse America, and their desire to recapture the close-knit, picket-fenced communities of their childhood. Ironically, she shows, gated neighborhoods are in fact no safer than other suburbs, and many who move there are disheartened by the insularity and restrictive rules of the community. Low probes the hopes, dreams, and fears of her subjects to portray the subtle change in American middle-class values marked by the emergence ofenclosed communities in the suburbs.

Preface Prologue
Arriving at the Gates
Protecting the Children
Recreating the Past
Searching for the Perfect Community
Urban Fear
Retirement and Taxes
Leaving the Gates Behind
Unlocking the Gated Community
Bibliography
Appendix: Residential History Interview Schedule

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