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Opting for Elsewhere: Lifestyle Migration in the American Middle Class

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"Do you get told what the good life is, or do you figure it out for yourself?" This is the central question of Opting for Elsewhere, as the reader encounters stories of people who chose relocation as a way of redefining themselves and reordering work, family, and personal priorities. This is a book about the impulse to start over. Whether downshifting from stressful careers or being downsized from jobs lost in a surge of economic restructuring, lifestyle migrants seek refuge in places that seem to resonate with an idealized, potential self. Choosing the "option of elsewhere" and moving as a means of remaking self through sheer force of will are basic facets of American character, forged in its history as a developing nation of immigrants with a seemingly ever-expanding frontier. Building off years of interviews and research in the Midwest, including areas of Michigan, Brian Hoey provides an evocative illustration of the ways these sweeping changes impact people and the communities where 'they live and work as well as how both react--devising strategies for either coping with or challenging the status quo. This portrait of starting over in the heartland of America compels the reader to ask where we are going next as an emerging postindustrial society.

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Everyday Americans seeking new homes as a journey of self-discovery

About the Author

Brian A. Hoey is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Marshall University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826520050
Author:
Hoey, Brian A.
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
American history
Subject:
Sociology
Edition Description:
short discount cloth
Publication Date:
20141031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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