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.