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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 New Mexico Parks

The New Mexico Parks

Rooted in Place

(p.123) 5 The New Mexico Parks

Sonya Salamon

Katherine MacTavish

Cornell University Press

This chapter considers trailer park life among families in rural New Mexico where a marginal economy makes trailer park residence and economic necessity for many. Long family histories, deep embeddedness in community and extensive kin networks “root” families in place providing a sense of belonging and supports that buffers against the challenges of poverty and trailer park residence.

Keywords:   Hispanic families, Poverty, Marginal economy, Kin ties, Community support

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