Spectacular Nature: Corporate Culture and the Sea World Experience / Edition 1

Spectacular Nature: Corporate Culture and the Sea World Experience / Edition 1

by Susan G. Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520209818

ISBN-13: 9780520209817

Pub. Date: 10/31/1997

Publisher: University of California Press

" In this imaginative and fascinating study of Sea World, Susan Davis powerfully combines the interpretation of metaphor and symbol with the analysis of more concrete evidence. Spectacular Nature constitutes a very significant contribution to our understanding of the relationship between human beings and other animals in modern

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" In this imaginative and fascinating study of Sea World, Susan Davis powerfully combines the interpretation of metaphor and symbol with the analysis of more concrete evidence. Spectacular Nature constitutes a very significant contribution to our understanding of the relationship between human beings and other animals in modern America."—Harriet Ritvo, author of The Animal Estate

"This beautifully subtle, nuanced analysis of one of the most ambiguous of American commercial institutions—the nature "theme park"—is a landmark of social criticism and a telling dissection of a central contradiction in a world dedicated to profit and also, supposedly, to public knowledge and compassion."—Stephen Jay Gould

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520209817
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/31/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Another World: Theme Parks and Nature19
2The Park and the City40
3Producing the Sea World Experience: Landscape and Labor77
4Enlightenment Lite: The Theme Park Classroom117
5Routine Surprises: Producing Entertainment152
6Dreaming of Whales: The Shamu Show197
Conclusion233
Notes247
Index305

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