Moving Nearer To Heaven / Edition 1

Moving Nearer To Heaven / Edition 1

by Patrick C. Jobes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275966895

ISBN-13: 9780275966898

Pub. Date: 05/30/2000

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

While the dream of moving to a small town in a beautiful rural area is common among many Americans, that dream often turns into a nightmare for those who decide to follow it. More than half of the people who move to small towns in recreational places will move away in less than five years, and their rapid successive moves are often marked by anger and frustration

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Overview

While the dream of moving to a small town in a beautiful rural area is common among many Americans, that dream often turns into a nightmare for those who decide to follow it. More than half of the people who move to small towns in recreational places will move away in less than five years, and their rapid successive moves are often marked by anger and frustration as they encounter the realities of poor job possibilities, an impersonal life, and a deteriorating natural environment. Jobes describes the experiences of newcomers, and oldtimers, to Bozeman, Montana, a small Rocky Mountain town Jobes has observed and researched since the early 1970s. Through interviews and observations, Jobes has found that newcomers arrive with unrealistic illusions about life in a small town and that life in such places is simultaneously complex and dynamic.

According to Jobes, people who make the move to small towns surrounded by a beautiful natural environment tend to experience a short period of euphoria followed by disillusionment and the decision to move away, while those who stay accommodate to the inevitable transformations of the local community and the surrounding natural environment that they and other newcomers have created. Jobes examines the changes that take place in these areas as development and growth cause the natural environment to rapidly develop and as the influx and constant turnover of new residents gradually undermine the personal and familiar foundations for the social community. The demographic and environmental changes, Jobes concludes, impose dynamic adjustments within the community, and the slower patterns of small town life give way to the faster and disjointed styles of the city.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275966898
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1180L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

"Give Me Land, Lots of Land Under Sunny Skies Above"

People Who Migrate; People Who Stay: An Overview of Data and Theories About Migration

Theoretical Orientations About Why People Stayed or Moved Away from Southwest Montana

Moving

Newcomers and Changes in Lifestyles

Economics and Migration

Age, Sex, and Marital Status and Satisfaction

Conflict Between Newcomers and Oldtimers

Losses and Gains, Alienation and Transformation: Aesop Meets

The Future of Rapidly Growing Small Towns in High Natural Amenity Areas

Bibliography

Index

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