Graduation Year


Date of Thesis Acceptance

Spring 5-10-2017

Major Department or Program

Politics - Environmental Studies


Shampa Biswas; Don Snow


This thesis traces the historical and mythic influence of the American West in Kittitas County and its role in the local Shady Acres crisis, in which a low-income, largely Latinx community faces displacement as a result of a county plan to expand the nearby rodeo and fair grounds. This project examines how and why Shady Acres residents have been constructed as undeserving of place and community by proponents and planners of the expansion.

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Mobile homes -- Shady Acres Manufactured Home Park, Kittitas County (Wash.) -- History, Latin Americans, Ellensburg (Wash.), Low-income housing -- Communities, American Dream, Philosophy -- Deservingness Theory, Fairs -- Washington (State), Rodeos -- West (U.S.), Whites -- Race identity -- West (U.S.), Eviction -- Forced eviction, Whitman College -- Dissertation collection 2017 -- Politics-Environmental Studies

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