America Town: Building the Outposts of Empire

America Town: Building the Outposts of Empire

by Mark L. Gillem
     
 

American servicemen and servicewomen are currently stationed in more than 140 countries, from Central America to Western Europe to the Middle East, often living and working on military bases that not only dominate foreign territories but also re-create familiar space that "feels like home." Throughout America Town, Mark L. Gillem demonstrates how the excesses of… See more details below

Overview

American servicemen and servicewomen are currently stationed in more than 140 countries, from Central America to Western Europe to the Middle East, often living and working on military bases that not only dominate foreign territories but also re-create familiar space that "feels like home." Throughout America Town, Mark L. Gillem demonstrates how the excesses of American culture are strikingly evident in the way that the U.S. military builds its outposts. The defense of the United States, he reveals, has created mini-Americas that inhibit cultural understanding between U.S. troops and our allies abroad.

About the Author:
Mark L. Gillem is assistant professor of architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Oregon

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816649525
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
08/03/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.89(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Acronyms     xi
Introduction     xiii
Empire's Reach
Empires across Time     3
Pax Americana: The "New" Empire     16
Spillover: The U.S. Military's Sociospatial Impact     34
Familiarity on the Frontlines
Homeward Bound: Identity, Consumption, and Place     73
Ruling the World: Exporting Bureaucracy, Privatization, and Fear     121
Outposts under Construction
Reinforcing the Southern Flank: Aviano 2000     173
Rewarding Realignment: South Korea's Land Partnership Plan     201
Reacting to Rape: Japan's Special Action Committee Okinawa     232
Conclusion     263
On Methods     273
Notes     285
Bibliography     311
Index     333

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