Cultural Sociology

Seeking Authenticity in Place, Culture, and the Self

The Great Urban Escape

Authors: Osbaldiston, N.

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In recent times, there has been a substantial push by people to escape the metropolis for lifestyles in small coastal, country, or mountainside locales. This book explores the narratives emerging from amenity-left migration using methods developed within the 'strong' cultural sociology.

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Nicholas Osbaldiston is a Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Resource Management and Geography, University of Melbourne

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"This fine book significantly contributes to our understanding of modern social and emotional life. Written from a neo-Durkheimian perspective, it persuasively demonstrates that the contemporary search for a bucolic Eden derives from a pervasive desire for authenticity and self-realization. The unintended consequence is that the 'last real places' tend to evolve into overcrowded playgrounds for the rich. This irony, and much else, is fully explored in a text that is both sophisticated and elegiac." - Charles Lindholm, University Professor of Anthropology, Boston University

"In this pioneering book, Osbaldiston sheds light on the cultural phenomenon of seachange, the migration of urbanites in search of meaning. Through the lens of cultural sociology, he presents a compelling and theoretically rigorous argument for how the construction of authentic places by planners, promoters, and seachangers is thoroughly and inextricably entangled with a sense of the authentic self. The result is unmatched, with Osbaldiston narrating a nuanced and thoroughly engaging account of the impact of seachange on places and on individuals." - Michaela Benson, author of The British in Rural France


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Seeking Authenticity in Place, Culture, and the Self
Book Subtitle
The Great Urban Escape
Authors
Series Title
Cultural Sociology
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Nicholas Osbaldiston
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-00763-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137007636
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-00761-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-43538-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 175
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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