Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

W. Timothy Austin, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Kathleen J. Hanrahan, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

John A. Lewis Ph.D.


This ethnographic research explored aspects of small town residential hotel life and the perceptions of deviance within the hotel and adjoining tavern. For this study, the researcher resided as a tenant of the Hotel for a period of one year and also observed the tavern ranging in frequency from daily to monthly visits between 2008 and 2012. During the research period, the researcher became a participant observer in order to experience hotel and tavern life, administered interviews, as well as conducted a thematic content analysis of the local newspapers dating back to 1880. The research builds upon social theories and provides data that sets the stage for important spin-off projects of critical importance to small town residential hotels and low-income populations.