California and the Fictions of Capital / Edition 1

California and the Fictions of Capital / Edition 1

by George Henderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1592131980

ISBN-13: 9781592131983

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: Temple University Press

Between the frequently recounted events of the Gold Rush and the Great Depression stretches a period of California history that is equally crucial but less often acknowledged. In his fresh, synthetic consideration of these in-between years, George L. Henderson points specifically to the take-off of California's rural juggernaut between the 1880s and middle 1920s - the…  See more details below

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Between the frequently recounted events of the Gold Rush and the Great Depression stretches a period of California history that is equally crucial but less often acknowledged. In his fresh, synthetic consideration of these in-between years, George L. Henderson points specifically to the take-off of California's rural juggernaut between the 1880s and middle 1920s - the upward spiral of city bids for country dollars and rural bids for urban investments. These decades were salve for mining's risky finances yet ground-work for the chaotic 1930s. Moreover, Henderson argues that much like the two important periods which framed it, this era produced a cultural and literary apparatus that attempted to grapple with capital's machinations, if only to legitimate them in the end. In part a tour of California as a virtual laboratory for refining the circulation of capital, and in part an investigation of how the state's literati, with rare exception, reconceived economy in the name of class, gender, and racial privilege, this study will appeal to all students and scholars of California's - and the American West's - economic, environmental, and cultural past.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592131983
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
TUP Place Culture & Politics Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Alchemy of Capital and Nature
Reference Maps
Pt. IMaking Geographies
1Rural Commodity Regimes: A Primer3
2Nature and Fictitious Capital: The Circulation of Money Capital28
3Toward Rural Realism: Variable Capital, Variable Capitalists, and the Fictions of Capital81
Pt. IIExcavating Geographical Imaginations
Introduction115
4Mussel Slough and the Contradictions of Squatter Capitalism123
5Realty Redux: Landscapes of Boom and Bust in Southern California150
6Romancing the Sand: Earth-Capital and Desire in the Imperial Valley175
7Take Me to the River: Water, Metropolitan Growth, and the Countryside196
Conclusion215
Notes219
References235
Index251

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