Imagining the Big Open: Nature, Identity, and Play in the New West / Edition 1

Imagining the Big Open: Nature, Identity, and Play in the New West / Edition 1

by Liza Nicholas, Elaine M. Bapis, Thomas J. Harvey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0874807387

ISBN-13: 9780874807387

Pub. Date: 04/15/2003

Publisher: University of Utah Press

The American West has long played a role in our consciousness as a place apart, a site of perpetual optimism and romanticism. In Imagining the Big Open a wide range of scholars deftly examine our projections upon and uses of the New West—a projection that not only includes how we imagine the West but how we use Western places. Addressing the history, popular

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The American West has long played a role in our consciousness as a place apart, a site of perpetual optimism and romanticism. In Imagining the Big Open a wide range of scholars deftly examine our projections upon and uses of the New West—a projection that not only includes how we imagine the West but how we use Western places. Addressing the history, popular culture, geography, and public policy of the region the contributors unravel our collective psyche where SUVs and REI cards exist in symbiosis with the wilderness movement and Sierra Club memberships.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874807387
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
311
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1Power Shifts1
Regional Unifier or Social Catspaw? A Social and Cultural Historical Geography of Salmon Recovery3
"Way Out West ... Ghost Towns, Gray Wolves, Territorial Prisons & More!" Celebrating the Wolf in the New West27
Narratives of Place and Power: Laying Claim to Devils Tower45
Pt. 2Playing in the Wild71
Patagonia, Gary Snyder, and the "Magic" of Wilderness73
Urban Climbers in the Wilderness: Mounts Hood, Rainier, and Shasta and the History of Popular Mountaineering92
Fishing the Hatch: New West Romanticism and Fly-Fishing in the High Country111
Pt. 3Making Places123
Reinventing Red Lodge: The Making of a New Western Landscape, 1884-2000125
Yellowcake to Singletrack: Culture, Community, and Identity in Moab, Utah151
From "Last of the Old West" to First of the New West: Tourism and Transformation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming163
Pt. 4Choosing Histories181
Buffalo Chips or Computer Chips? The Battle over the Future of the Great Plains183
Reno's Silver Legacy: Gambling on the Past in the Urban New West203
Contesting Boot Hill: The Saga of Metaphorical Dodge City220
Pt. 5Deconstructing Sundance239
Scripting the West: Robert Redford's Persona and Film241
1-800-SUNDANCE: Identity, Nature, and Play in the West259
The Sundance Kid and Sundance: The West as Nature272
Contributors281
Index

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