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Behind the Gates : Life, Security, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America - Setha Low

Behind the Gates

Life, Security, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America

By: Setha Low

Paperback Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780415950411
Number Of Pages: 288

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In 2002 it was estimated that one in eight Americans will live in gated communities. What has sparked this alarming trend?
Behind the Gates is Setha Low's revealing account of what life is like inside these suburban fortresses. After years researching and interviewing families in Long Island, New York and San Antonio, Texas, Low provides an inside view of gated communities to help explain why people flee to these enclaves. Parents with children, young married couples, "empty-nesters," and retirees express their need for safety, their secret fears of a more ethnically diverse America, and their desire to recapture the close-knit, picket-fenced communities of their childhood. Ironically, she shows, gated neighborhoods are in fact no safer than other suburbs, and many who move there are disheartened by the insularity and restrictive rules of the community.
Low probes the hopes, dreams, and fears of her subjects to portray the subtle change in American middle-class values marked by the emergence of enclosed communities in the suburbs.

"Provocative and disturbing, this much-needed book holds up an unsparing mirror to an unsettling sign of our times." - The New York Times

Preface Prologue
Arriving at the Gates
Protecting the Children
Recreating the Past
Searching for the Perfect Community
Urban Fear
Retirement and Taxes
Leaving the Gates Behind
Unlocking the Gated Community
Appendix: Residential History Interview Schedule
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415950411
ISBN-10: 0415950414
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.29  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1