Many Wests: Place,Culture,and Regional Identity / Edition 1

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1997 Trade paperback New ed. Good. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 398 p. Contains: Illustrations.

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"Breaks new ground in the study of the American West. A must book for all students of western history and culture."—Richard W. Etulain, author of Reimagining the Modern American West

"The toughest job in western studies today is deciding just what the West is and how its maddeningly diverse parts stand alone yet fit together. In this fine book David Wrobel, Michael Steiner, and a baker's dozen of other writers have raised the vital questions and have helped us toward elusive answers."—Elliott West, author of The Way to the West

"Besides cutting-edge scholarship, this book offers a multidimensional view of the West and regionalism. From the mountains to the Plains, men to women, one racial-ethnic group or social class to another, its interdisciplinary experts report, speculate, and suggest what it has meant to be western not only to the peoples who live in the West but to the nation as a whole."—Glenda Riley, author of The Female Frontier

"Highly stimulating, wide-ranging, and well written. To understand America one must understand the West (in its many forms), and this book helps greatly."—Walter Nugent, author of Crossings: The Great Transatlantic Migrations

Author Biography: David M. Wrobel is associate professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of The End of American Exceptionalism: Frontier Anxiety from the Old West to the New Deal, and coeditor of Seeing and Being Seen: Tourism in the American West, both from Kansas.

Michael Steiner is professor of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton, and coauthor of Region and Regionalism in the United States and Mapping American Culture.

Contributors: Paula Gunn Allen, Peter Boag, Richard Maxwell Brown, Arnoldo De Leon, William Deverell, John M. Findlay, Anne F. Hyde, Glenna Matthews, Mary Murphy, Elizabeth Raymond, James R. Shortridge, Michael C. Steiner, Bret Wallach, John S. Whitehead, David M. Wrobel

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Editorial Reviews

These 14 articles address how regional consciousness was formed among the inhabitants of various western regions (the Pacific Northwest, the Great Basin, the Rocky Mountains the Snake River Region, and the Southern and Northern Plains, among others) and how "the centrality of place" determines social and cultural forms, and individual and collective identities. The authors focus on different factors such as race and culture, environmental and economic forces, or the influence of literature and other aesthetic forms as primary influences in shaping regional identities, although in a number of the articles these categories are blurred. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700608621
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Many Wests: Discovering a Dynamic Western Regionalism 1
2 A Fishy Proposition: Regional Identity in the Pacific Northwest 37
3 When the Desert Won't Bloom: Environmental Limitation and the Great Basin 71
4 Round Pegs in Square Holes: The Rocky Mountains and Extractive Industry 93
5 The Expectations of Others: Struggles Toward a Sense of Place in the Northern Plains 114
6 The Telltale Southern Plains 141
7 Searching for an Angle of Repose: Women, Work, and Creativity in Early Montana 156
8 Mountain, Plain, Desert, River: The Snake River Region as a Western Crossroads 177
9 Forging a Cosmopolitan Civic Culture: The Regional Identity of San Francisco and Northern California 211
10 Privileging the Mission over the Mexican: The Rise of Regional Identity in Southern California 235
11 Region and Ethnicity: Topographical Identities in Texas 259
12 The Other Northwest: The Regional Identity of a Canadian Province 279
13 Noncontiguous Wests: Alaska and Hawai'i 315
14 Cuentos de la Tierra Encantada: Magic and Realism in the Southwest Borderlands 342
List of Contributors 367
Index 371
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