Bartkowski, John P.
Jones, James D.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
The number of leisure and working RVers roaming America?s highways, now conservatively estimated at over eight million, continues to increase (Curtin 2001; Sommer 2003). In spite of their growing presence and unique lifestyle, these populations remain sociologically understudied. This exploratory case study of two distinctly different RV parks is a small but significant step toward filling that research gap. At both RV parks I found a diverse population of individualists who value self-contained travel, freedom, relaxation, and sociality. In spite of sharing a collective, subcultural lifestyle, they differed along multiple axes. Marked differences separate RVers into three broad groups (full-timers, long-termers, and vacationers) and into multiple subgroups within those categories. I analyzed triangulated data sources using a theoretical lens that combines subcultural and boundary work theories. I concluded that full-time and long-term RVers practice boundary work and form subcultural identities based, primarily, on levels of commitment and divergent RVing practices.
Mattingly, Gloria Anne, "Individualistic Roamers Or Community Builders?:Differences And Boundaries Among Rvers" (2005). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 2696.