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Singlewide: Chasing the American Dream in a Rural Trailer Park

Sonya Salamon and Katherine MacTavish


When a rural family of modest means buys a new or used mobile home, unless cash is paid up-front, they become entangled with the highly profitable mobile home industrial complex, made up of home producers, dealers, financiers, and trailer park entrepreneurs. For most working-poor rural families, with few exceptions, this engagement means being caught in an expensive trap as they chase their American Dream for housing. Rural trailer parks house approximately 12 million people, and we describe this population’s diversity across rural Illinois, New Mexico and North Carolina. We ask whether living ... More

Keywords: Trailer parks, Mobile homes/ Manufactured homes, Mobile home industrial complex, Rural families, Working-poor families, Rural children and youth, Neighbourhood effects, Rural housing, Rural communities, American Dream

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501713217
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501713217.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sonya Salamon, author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Katherine MacTavish, author
Oregon State University

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