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Sonya Salamon and Katherine MacTavish

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713217

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713217.001.0001

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The Illinois Park

The Illinois Park

Closer to Middle Class

(p.63) 3 The Illinois Park

Sonya Salamon

Katherine MacTavish

Cornell University Press

The Illinois trailer park has generous lots, amenities, and liberal pet rules. Choosing this trailer park over alternative local options highlights parental priorities for: affordable housing and children’s access to a quality education. But the adjacent town resists formally incorporating this bordering large park. Prioritizing homeownership, country living, and education are values Illinois park folk share with those in nearby upscale subdivisions. They uniformly believe, however, they are scorned, by the townspeople, who stigmatize them as trailer-trash, because of where they live. That stigma particularly creates a soiled identity for park youth.

Keywords:   Cadillac trailer park, Household priorities, Home ownership, Trailer trash, Stigma, Park segregation, School policies, Sense of community

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