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Author Fondren, Kristi McLeod, 1975- author.

Title Walking on the wild side : long-distance hiking on the Appalachian Trail / Kristi M. Fondren
Published New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2016]


Description 1 online resource (x, 150 pages)
Contents From Georgia to Maine : the GA-ME is afoot -- Hiker trash : constructing a long-distance hiker identity -- April's fools : a situated subcultural identity -- In search of Ithaka : long-distance hiking as spiritual quest -- The Appalachian Trail, an atopia? : social differentiation and hierarchies among the tribe -- Hike your own hike : what the hiking subculture tells us about American society -- Appendix
Summary "Walking on the Wild Side traces the stories of forty-six men and women who, for their own personal reasons, set out to hike America's most well-known, and arguably most social, long-distance hiking trail. Once on the Appalachian Trail, long-distance hikers live mostly in isolation, with their own way of acting, talking, and thinking; their own vocabulary; their own activities and interests; their own conception of what is significant in life; and to a certain extent their own scheme of life. As a result of this transformative experience, the Appalachian Trail becomes a 'storied' place for hikers where the power of place unfolds in the stories they share about their trail experiences. In Walking on the Wild Side, Fondren reveals the distinct social world created by long-distance hikers. As a microcosm of the broader social world, long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail seem to have one foot inside American cultural mainstream and one foot outside of it"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 31, 2016)
Subject Hiking -- Social aspects -- Appalachian Trail
Hikers -- Appalachian Trail -- Biography
Hikers -- Appalachian Trail -- Social conditions
Subculture -- United States -- Case studies
Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Case studies
GAMES -- Gambling -- Sports.
SPORTS & RECREATION -- Business Aspects.
TRAVEL -- Special Interest -- Sports.
NATURE -- Regional.
Hiking -- Social aspects
Self-actualization (Psychology)
Social conditions
Appalachian Trail -- Description and travel
Appalachian Trail -- Biography
Appalachian Trail -- Social conditions
United States
United States -- Appalachian Trail
Genre/Form Biographies
Case studies
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2015004956
ISBN 9780813571904