Cultural Productions of Space and Time: Development in the Sonoran Desert

By Janine Minkler.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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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

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.435-442. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 517.623KB).

Dr. Janine Minkler

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA

Dr. Minkler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Northern Arizona University. Her main areas of interest are environmental sociology, and social consciousness and social change. Dr. Minkler grew up in New York and studied in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Psychology from Brandeis University and received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Boston College. Dr. Minkler enjoys living in Flagstaff, Arizona where the sun always shines—a great change from living in the northeast. She enjoys hiking with family and learning about the many diverse communities of the southwest.

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