31. Ranging over Stegner's Arid West: Mobility as Adaptive Strategy

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Bonney MacDonald

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch31

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

How to Cite

MacDonald, B. (2011) Ranging over Stegner's Arid West: Mobility as Adaptive Strategy, in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (ed N. S. Witschi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch31

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. West Texas A&M University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187336

Online ISBN: 9781444396591

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Keywords:

  • ranging over Stegner's Arid West:Mobility as Adaptive Strategy;
  • contemporary mobility theory - borrowing from Georg Simmel and Heidegger, new ways of thinking about place-making in the West;
  • dwelling and place-making - motion across physical space;
  • Stegner, and the West - transience with a price;
  • William Fox, in The Void, the Grid, and the Sign: Traversing the Great Basin - the desert West;
  • western mobility, character and community - misperceptions of the west, habits of thought;
  • Stegner, and his childhood - lamenting, that he was “born on wheels,” harsh realities of western mobility;
  • western mobility reconsidered - mobility and transience, marking Stegner's father and Bo Mason;
  • Stegner's emerging model of place - ever in the making, always on the move

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Seeing the West: Aridity, Scale, and Color

  • Western Mobility: Character and Community

  • Western Mobility Reconsidered

  • At Home on the Range: Mobility as a Modern, Adaptive Strategy

  • References