Tramp in America

Tramp in America

by Tim Cresswell
     
 

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Vividly describes the invention of the tramp as a social type, from the 'hobo scare' of the late 19th century to Charlie Chaplin's popular films, and calls into question the common assumption that mobility played a central role in the production of American identity.

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Vividly describes the invention of the tramp as a social type, from the 'hobo scare' of the late 19th century to Charlie Chaplin's popular films, and calls into question the common assumption that mobility played a central role in the production of American identity.

Editorial Reviews

Progress in Human Geography

“An important book. Cresswell has made an important contribution to a homelessness literature still lacking a more sophisticated theoretical edge. Clearly written, beautifully illustrated and with a strong argument throughout, the book deserves to be widely read by students and practitioners alike.”

Cultural Geographies

“This is an effective, and sometimes touching, account of how a social phenomenon was created, classified and reclassified. The quality of the writing, the excellent illustrations and the high production standards give this reasonably-priced hardback a chance of appealing to a general audience . . . an important contribution to American studies, providing new perspectives on the significance of mobility and rootlessness at an important time in the development of the nation. Cresswell successfully illuminates the history of a disadvantaged and marginal group, while providing a lens by which to focus on the thinking and practices of the mainstream culture with which they dealt. As such, this book represents a considerable achievement.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861895684
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Series:
non-series
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
11 MB
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Meet the Author

Tim Cresswell is professor of human geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of several books, including Geographic Thought: A Critical Introduction.

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