Behavior: The Nomadic American

So far away doesn't anybody stay in one place any more...

Travelin' around sure gets me down and lonely,

Nothin' else to do but close my mind,

I sure hope the road don't come to own me...

These lyrics, from a 1971 hit recording by Songstress Carole King, have struck a responsive chord in millions of Americans. That comes as no surprise to Social Critic Vance Packard. The song became popular, Packard believes, because it poignantly reflects the pain and yearning of a nation on the move. America has become a land of...

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