Las Vegas: The Social Production of an All-American City / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$43.39
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$32.72
(Save 37%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 96%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (16) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $39.97   
  • Used (11) from $1.99   

Overview

Most writing about Las Vegas focuses on the spectacular story of casino gambling and tourism. This book is different.

  • Written by two renowned urban studies scholars and a local Las Vegas journalist, combining scholarly research with investigative reporting
  • First academic book to provide a synthesis on the recent growth of Las Vegas
  • Appropriate for courses in urban studies, economic development and tourism, communities and cultural studies
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Sin City goes the way of Ozzie and Harriett? In this brilliant, well-documented probing of the nation's fastest growing metro area, the authors show how the abnormal city of gambling and vice has normalized. Now Las Vegans and their politicians face the urban challenges - from water and air pollution to traffic congestion and crime - that other urbanites encounter. As Las Vegas becomes more like America, America becomes more like Las Vegas." Joe Feagin, University of Florida

"Well documented and including numerous maps, charts, and figures, the book examines all aspects of urban development. Librarians should buy this book, it would fit into a public library nicely and is essential for universities." Library Journal

"Urbanists from all fields will benefit from learning about an unusually usual city. In short, Mark Gottdiener, Claudia Collins and David Dickens have boldly gone where no sociologists have gone before and, to use Las Vegas parlance, rolled seven. they have written a fascinating book on a fascinating subject." Michael S. Green, Community College of Southern Nevada

"The greatest virtue of this book is its in-depth look at the evolution of Las Vegas during the last twenty years. There is simply no better set of data about the recent history of the city. Gottdiener, Collins and Dickens excel at tracking politics and its implications, correctly noting the problems of managing not only growth but also social evolution with weak governmental institutions." Hal Rothman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

"Las Vegas is an intriguing mix of travel guide, political reporting, and urban commentary and thus presents a more topical, nuanced, and balanced profile of America's fastest growing metropolitan region than anything else currently available. The book fits nicely into undergraduates courses in urban sociology, geography, and politics." American Journal of Sociology

"... provides a complex and densely layered snapshot of a place all too often taken at face value." Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577181378
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Gottdiener is Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at State University of New York at Buffalo. An internationally regarded scholar, he writes on social theory, political economy, cultural studies, and semiotics. Among his best-known books are The Theming of America (1997), Postmodern Semiotics (Blackwell, 1994), The New Urban Sociology (1994), and The Social Production of Urban Space (second edition, 1994).

Claudia C. Collins is an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. She worked as an award-winning television journalist in New York and Las Vegas and is presently doing research in the area of health and aging, and population studies.

David R. Dickens in Professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His primary areas of interest are continental social theory and contemporary mass culture.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Tables.

List of Maps.

List of Figures.

Acknowledgments.

Preface.

1. From Desert Oasis to Glitter Capital of the World.

2. Corporations and the Advent of Megaresorts.

3. Media Vegas: Hype, Boosterism, and the Image of the City.

4. The Advent of Metropolitanization: Rapid Population Growth and a Booming Economy.

5. The Normalization Process I: The Construction of Community Life by the Private Sector.

6. The Normalization Process II: The Production of Civic Culture by the Public Sector.

7. Living in Las Vegas.

8. Local Politics and Community Interests.

9. Las Vegas: An All-American Metropolis.

References.

Index.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)