Mobilities, Fixities and Stabilities in Rural Pennsylvania's Natural Gas Boomtowns: Re-Conceptualising Boomtown Development Through a Mobilities Lens

Ian Burfoot-Rochford, Kai A. Schafft

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Abstract

The mobilities ‘turn’ within human geography and the social sciences has drawn attention to the ways in which social connections and interactions variously transcend, undo and reconfigure spatial boundaries and identities. In this study we utilise mobilities theory to analyse Marcellus Shale gas boomtown growth in Pennsylvania and the experiences of local residents living in these boomtown areas. We use data from interviews conducted in two rural counties of Pennsylvania to examine the intersection and interaction between diverse boomtown mobilities and local places. We use mobilities theory to illustrate the extent to which local experience of boomtown development is a product of the interaction between the particularities of material and ideological rural community characteristics perceived as more or less ‘fixed’, and the various externally-originating mobilities associated with local industrial buildout.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-189
Number of pages19
JournalSociologia Ruralis
Volume58
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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