The Written Suburb

The Written Suburb

An American Site, An Ethnographic Dilemma

Contemporary Ethnography

by John D. Dorst

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

232 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 50 illus.

  • ISBN: 9780812212822
  • Published: May 1989



Chadds Ford, an upscale suburb in southeastern Pennsylvania, devotes a lot of energy to creating a historical identity. Numerous institutions participate in this task, including museums, a land conservancy dedicated to the preservation of its historical landscape, and the Historical Society, which is responsible for an annual community celebration. Larger institutions related to regional tourism and suburban development generate a steady flow of texts about Chadds Ford in the form of glossy travel magazines, pamphlets, brochures, and gallery displays.