Seeking Good Sam: understanding community among full-time RVers Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Parentin, K. M.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
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  • This study sought to offer a better understanding of the culture of RVing by exploring how full-time RVers describe the community to which they belong. This study was conducted in the interpretive paradigm using symbolic interactionism as the guiding framework. In-depth interviews were conducted with sixteen individuals who spent at least six months of every year residing in their recreational vehicle. Data were collected at campgrounds located in the American Midwest. An understanding of the values and customs of full-timers was gained through these conversational interviews that may be described as a balance of commitment. This balance of commitment was illustrated along a continuum called the concept of parsimonious commitment. This concept suggested that interviewees acted economically with their commitment to the community of RVers.whereas full-time RVers committed as much as necessary to gain the benefits of their community while taking care not to commit so much as to forfeit the freedom and autonomy that made the lifestyle of RVing so pleasurable.
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  • Bialeschki, M. Deborah
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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