The Moral Order of a Suburb

The Moral Order of a Suburb

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This landmark study examines how the residents of an affluent suburb of New York City deal with conflict in their families, neighbourhoods, and community. Drawing on research, observation, and hundreds of in-depth interviews conducted over a twelve month period, the author provides a vivid portrait and atomized world in which open conflict is avoided and disputes are confined to families and, whenever possible, to individuals. This revealing portrait of an increasingly prevalent type of community is a disturbing insight that goes straight to the heart of modern America. The author looks at Hampton, a community where residents deal with family or communal stress primarily through resigned acceptance of short-term or permanent avoidance. Other responses include seeking professional help, anonymous complaints, mental illness, and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 182 pages
  • 145.5 x 217.9 x 19.6mm | 432.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019505413X
  • 9780195054132

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A very stimulating and well-written monography, which should be appreciated by many undergraduate and graduate students. * Contemporary Sociology *show more

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In The Moral Order of a Suburb, sociologist M. P. Baumgartner explores the patterns of conflict and conflict management that lie behind suburbia's peaceful way of life. Based on detailed ethnographic research in an affluent suburb of New York City, her book describes the sources of friction in a suburban environment and documents the pronounced aversion to conflict that prevents most tensions there from escalating into hostile more

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