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ERIC Number: ED417439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 16
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Imagined Community at Hamilton College and in the Residence Halls.
Carey, Ann
The "Hamilton College community" (New York) is a term which appears to describe those who are students or staff of the college, who are bound by the close housing (set up on a hill, to be further separated), who share a common philosophy (wanting to learn or to teach), and who are familiar with many members of the "community." According to the specifications found in the definition of "community" in Webster's dictionary, Hamilton qualifies as a community. At Hamilton all students are required to live on campus. Since the size of the school is so small, people see the same faces every day. However, although people become familiar with faces, they do not necessarily feel more comfortable with those that they see often. Still, there are noticeable common trends which often translate into capital and unify a majority of the campus. Products (clothing, cars, stereos, TVs) represent symbolic capital: J. Crew, Patagonia, Range Rover, all make a statement about the persons who own them, and connect a large population (community) at Hamilton. Where the community aspect seems to negate itself is that power remains with the Trustees and the President, not with the students who make up the majority of the community. Hamilton College fits the lexical definition of "community," but the term is thrown around often in official documents making it difficult to know where the limits are. The residence halls function in a hierarchy of importance and hold members of the general community and many in-group members who have their own speech habits and special language, "in-group talk." Community is, from the students' point of view, something which occurs naturally and even without the guidance of administrators or employees like Resident Advisors (RAs). (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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