Gated Communities "are a form of residential community containing controlled entrances for pedestrians, bicycles, and automobiles. More than 7 million households — about 6% of the US total - are in developments behind walls and fences. About 4 million of that total are in communities where access is controlled by gates, entry codes, key cards or security guards. Gated communities usually consist of small residential streets and include various amenities. The popularity of gated communities is on the rise nationwide in the US., according to developers and housing experts."
(Wikipedia, El Nasser 2002)
Gated communities: the American dream behind walls
"At a time when borders are massively closed, Gated Communities become steadily common in several Northern American cities. Although the concept of Gated Communities is not new, it is currently soaring in the United States. Analysis of a phenomenon which is not common in Europe."
- Are they areas for personal fulfilment or fortresses for wealthy paranoiacs?
- Are Gated communities a nightmarish and hazardous social pattern?
Gated Communities: Ghettos for the Rich?
"Gated communities are usually portrayed as ghettos in which the rich choose to seclude themselves out of fear of others and an exacerbated desire for security. According to Eric Charmes, this assessment ought to be more nuanced: many of the criticisms directed at gated communities are ill founded." -
Ghettos for the Rich?
- An Escalation of Security? - A Privatization of the Public Domain? - An Undermining of Social Cohesion and Solidarity? - Conclusion
Conflicts around Gated Communities - 2011 (pdf)
"Due to the nature of gated communities, conflicts are likely to arise not only with those living in the surrounding areas, but also among those living inside the development itself..."
The Tortilla Curtain
"Two of the characters,Kyra and Delaney, live in a so-called gated community. Find out about what this means...
Can you imagine living on such an estate? Why/why not?Write a short text!" (wizard.webquests.ch)