"Someone's been sleeping in my bed": Home invasion stories

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In most places, home invasions are serious crimes. In a college town neighborhood shared by students and permanent residents, a home invasion may entail nothing more nefarious than a drunken student blundering into the wrong house. This article examines several personal experience narratives told by residents who experienced home invasions and considers the multiple ways in which the stories help tellers and listeners feel better about the experience and about life in their lively neighborhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-446
Number of pages32
JournalWestern Folklore
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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