Date of Award


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Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Ken Colburn


Urban enclaves play an important role in sociological theory and in overall community development. This project looks at the exclusivity of a particular enclave in the Indianapolis area, the Golden Hill Community, and through observation and interviews, examines the makeup of this isolated community. Considered by many to be an exclusive upper-class neighborhood, this research looks closely at the social interaction of residents with each other, as well as the outside community, in order to determine its strength and significance as an urban enclave. This paper suggests that Golden Hill, contrary to other upper class urban enclaves, exhibits a type of shared history among its residents not found in other similar neighborhoods. This finding, coupled with other geographical and historical factors, have helped contribute to the overall stability of the neighborhood throughout the past one hundred years.