This article examines the relationship between cultural productions of space and time with “dwelling”—how homes are oriented within communities and how we live upon the land. The use of the term “dwelling” draws from Tim Ingold’s (2000) emphasis on using a “dwelling perspective.” Ingold asks us to understand relations between human beings as not simply “social relations” but also as “ecological relations.” The relationship between cultural productions of space and time and dwelling is explored through examining the built environments of three different groups:
1. Elders in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona
2. Master planned communities in the Phoenix metropolitan area
3. “Responsible development” advocates in Cave Creek, Arizona
Ultimately, certain cultural orientations to space and time help drive suburban sprawl—low-density, rapid, expansive development of metropolitan regions.
|Keywords:||Suburban sprawl, Pima, Cave Creek, Phoenix, Master planned communities, Sonoran Desert, Time, Space|
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA
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