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Participation, community, and public policy in a Virginia suburb : of our own making

Patricia Farrell Donahue (Author)
Participation, Community, and Public Policy in a Virginia Suburb: Of Our Own Making challenges the conventional wisdom that we can diagnose the vitality of modern American communities using just the few participation trends routinely tracked in social research, such as voting or volunteering. Through the story of Pimmit Hills, Virginia, author Patricia Farrell Donahue shows that a community is really the sum of numerous types of participation, and that analyzing a greater variety of activities can help us better understand any community. Pimmit Hills was one of the first federally financed subdivisions built for World War II veterans, and the residents' stories will be familiar to the millions who grew up in middle-class suburbs. At the same time, its proximity to Washington, D.C, gave these residents front-row seats to-and sometimes supporting roles in-the launch of national policies that continue to shape America today. Book jacket
Print Book, English, 2017
Lexington Books, Lanham, Maryland, 2017
xiv, 279 pages ; 24 cm
9781498529761, 1498529763
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Pushing a String: The Quest for Basic Public Services
Making a Difference: Individuals Influencing Events
Making Your Own Fun: Marooned Suburbanites Create a Local Social Life
This Just In ...: Creating a Community Information Network
Silent Majority and Civil Rights: Evolving Views of "Them" and "Us"
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We, The Community: The Many Lives of a Civic Association
The Changing Landscape
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