Next Stop, Reloville: Life Inside America's New Rootless Professional Class

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Macmillan, Jul 7, 2009 - Social Science - 272 pages
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An eye-opening investigation of the growing phenomenon of "Relos," the professionals for whom relocation is a way of life

Drive through the newest subdivisions of Atlanta, Dallas, or Denver, and you'll notice an unusual similarity in the layout of the houses, the models of the cars, the pastimes of the stay-at-home moms. But this is not your grandparents' suburbia, "the little houses made of ticky-tacky"—these houses go for half a million dollars and up, and no one stays longer than three or four years. You have entered the land of Relos, the mid-level executives for a growing number of American companies, whose livelihoods depend on their willingness to uproot their families in pursuit of professional success. Together they constitute a new social class, well-off but insecure, well traveled but insular.

Peter T. Kilborn, a longtime reporter for The New York Times, takes us inside the lives of American Relos, showing how their distinctive pressures and values affect not only their own families and communities but also the country as a whole. As Relo culture becomes the norm for these workers, more and more Americans—no matter their jobs or the economy's booms and busts—will call Relovilles "home."

 

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Kilborn offers an analysis of the lives of "relos"-individuals who move up in their careers by moving around, both within the United States and internationally. The author is a longtime correspondent ... Read full review

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The burbs and who fills them. Relocating to follow the job and the problem this creates. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Mobile Homeless
11
2 First City
35
3 The Company
59
4 Workers of the World
78
5 Body Snatching
99
6 The Next Move
115
7 Ghosts Town
132
9 Rootless
168
10 Family Duty
189
11 Fugitives
199
12 Square One
216
Americas Top Relovilles
231
Bibliography
235
Acknowledgments
245
Index
247

8 Trailing
149

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About the author (2009)

Peter T. Kilborn was a reporter for The New York Times for thirty years, having covered business, economics, social issues, and the workplace. He was also one of the contributors to the Times's award-winning series and book Class Matters. Kilborn is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, and was a Professional Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Starting out in Rhode Island, he became a Relo himself with stints in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, London, Miami, and Washington. He and his wife Susan live in Maryland.

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