Cades Cove as Community

  • Gary S. FosterEmail author
  • William E. Lovekamp


Cades Cove as a social community hosted complete and integrated expressions of all the major social institutions, including family, education, religion, economics, and politics, all self-contained but not isolated from the larger society. The community organized its own “public-works” program to maintain schools, roads, and other public infrastructure, demanding the cooperation of social interaction and relationships. The early subsistence economy fostered reliance and interdependence among residents, and the bonds of community were enhanced as surpluses promoted a barter economy. Cades Cove, like rural community anywhere, was inevitably influenced and impacted by the money economy of capitalism and by the Industrial Revolution, particularly industrialized agriculture, with its edict to “get big or get out.” Thus, Cades Cove was exhibiting decline even before the threat of a national park. Cemeteries and death culture were influenced and shaped by this context of community.


Barter Capitalism Cemeteries Cornerstones of culture Economics Industrial revolution Social institutions Subsistence 


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  1. 1.Sociology, Anthropology, and CriminologyEastern Illinois UniversityCharlestonUSA

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