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Though written nearly forty years ago, this book was probably a more interesting read now than it was then. Packard, then a well-read journalist and social critic, attempted to assess the impact of the increasing mobilization of American society. Through statistics, questionnaire and interviews he tried to assess the negative and positive effects on "high mobile" individuals and communities.Of interest to me was the detailed snapshot his work captured of America in transition from the "good ole
This non-fiction book was written in 1972, but much of the information holds true today. Packard explains how the splintering of America has lead to negative effects for the entier nation. He explores not just the poor, but how continually moving has negative effects on the upper income families (and individuals). His anecdotal evidence is strong and extremely useful - they highlight exactly what he's trying to explore in each section and chapter. There are some amazing statistics and facts brou...
The quality of a life in a society is affected by the ability to be mobile. Whatever the individual reactions, we are repulsing the ingredients of a civilized, salutary society. We are seeing a sharp increase in suffering alienation, or just feeling adrift, which is having an impact on emotional and even physical health. We then realize there is a substantial increase of the worlds inhabitants suffering a loss of community, identity, and continuity across humanity. Hank