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Dear Old Oak Parkers

An Oak Park Story
by Jay Ruby
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Dear Old Oak Parkers (DOOPERS) is an ethnographic family portrait of Helena Gervais McCullough, her daughter Katherine and son-in-law, Bob, that explores the role of white Oak Parkers in the transformation of their community into an integrated and gay-friendly place.

Oak Park Stories is authored by Jay Ruby, a recently retired visual anthropologist, who has spent the last forty years exploring the relation between culture and the visual/pictorial world. He has published numerous studies about photography, film, popular culture and produced several ethnographic films and also founded graduate and undergraduate program in the anthropology of visual communication at Temple University. Oak Park Stories is the culmination of his interest reflexivity as the village is also his hometown.

For more information, please visit Jay Ruby's Oak Park Studies Progress Reports, Temple University Web Site.


other Oak Park Stories:
Oak Park Regional Housing Center
Rebekah and Sophie
Val
Walking the Line: The Taylor Family




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