Coming to terms with staying, going, and returning: a rural community ethnography
This thesis studies how people in a rural small town within the larger United States come to understand and talk about the dynamic processes of young people "staying" in, "going" from, and "returning" to their hometown. The exigency for this thesis is twofold. First, people from small towns must at some point face the question of whether to remain in or to leave their hometown. For the younger generation this question is typically answered during the transition into adulthood (i.e., high school graduation and one's 18th birthday), but often will be addressed many more times in their lifetime. ...
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