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The Unknown World of the Mobile Home (Creating the North American Landscape) Hardcover – July 8, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0801868993 ISBN-10: 0801868998

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Product Details

  • Series: Creating the North American Landscape
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (July 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801868998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801868993
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,105,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An insightful meditation on American notions of mobility and class.


This clear, to-the-point study directs attention to the proliferation of this type of housing and the social stigma attached to it and its occupants... This is a thought-provoking, readable examination of modern US life, far broader in scope than one might first imagine.


Provides the reader with a complex, nuanced, and sympathetic look at the world of the mobile home dweller. There are no trailer trash in this book, just decent, hard-working middle- and working-class men and women looking for affordable housing options.

(Jan Davidson Enterprise and Society)

A clear, concise, and innovative look at the history, the economics, and the politics of the mobile home. The authors reveal the inner workings of mobile home living by drawing upon a wide variety of sources, from industry data to interviews conducted at mobile home parks across the country. Further, they explore new types of mobile home communities—those assembled for workers at meat-processing centers in southwest Kansas, for example—that complicate the familiar image of the mobile home park as retirement village. The ideas presented in this book provide a solid starting point for many detailed studies on this important topic.

(Karl Raitz, University of Kentucky, author of The National Road)

About the Author

John Fraser Hart is a professor of geography at the University of Minnesota. He is author and editor of ten books, most recently The Rural Landscape, also available from Johns Hopkins. Michelle J. Rhodes is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of geography at Simon Fraser University and an instructor of political science and geography at the University of Montana-Western. John T. Morgan is a professor of geography at Emory and Henry College.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Mosey on August 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Some of my best years were when I lived in mobile homes in New Mexico and California. That's what attracted me to this book. Book has 3 different authors and reads like a research paper but it's a fast read and is interesting. Lots of info I never knew. Makes me want to move to a mobile home now. Can't beat that lifestyle for good livin'.
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