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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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Youth and Trailer-Park Life

Youth and Trailer-Park Life

(p.147) 6 Youth and Trailer-Park Life

Sonya Salamon

Katherine MacTavish

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the potential neighborhood effects of trailer park residence on child and youth development. Using parents’ aspirations that their children have broader life chances than they themselves had, this chapter documents the range of developmental trajectories among children and youth growing up in a rural trailer park. While a few flourish, most often, young people seem set on a course to reproduce their parents working poor class status. Increasingly in adolescence, as the social stigma of park residence emerges, there are developmental costs of park residence that compromises life chances.

Keywords:   Children, Youth, Neighborhood effects, Life chances, Developmental trajectories, Resilience, Flourishing, Floundering

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