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New first edition cloth hardcover and dust jacket in very fine condition. Protective mylar cover. 0.9 x 9.2 x 6.4 Inches <div>This book provides the first account of the ... invention of the tramp as a social type in the United States between the 1870s and the 1930s. Tim Cresswell considers the ways in which the tramp was imagined and described and how, by the Second World War, it was being reclassified and rendered invisible. Read more Show Less

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This book provides the first account of the invention of the tramp as a social type in the United States from the 1870s through the 1930s. Tim Cresswell considers the ways in which the figure of the tramp was imagined and described and how, by the Second World War, it was being reclassified, renamed and rendered invisible. He describes the 'tramp scare' of the late nineteenth century in terms of the major factors that influenced the tramp's existence: the political and economic climate, the technology of the railroad and the after-effects of the Civil War. He then explores various stereotypes associated with tramps -- for example, the assumption that they were invariably male and therefore a threat to women in domestic environments. Another stereotype prevalent in medical discourse saw tramps as untrustworthy, diseased and of unsound heredity, thus suggesting reasons for their exclusion from democratic processes. Cresswell also examines tramps as comic figures and looks at the work of a number of prominent American photographers, among them Dorothea Lange, which signalled a sympathetic portrayal of this often-despised group. Perhaps most significantly, The Tramp in America calls into question the common assumption that mobility played a central role in the production of American identity.
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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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861890696
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Series: BL - Treasures from the Bodleian Library
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7
1 Tramps, Knowledge and Mobility 9
2 The Tramp in Context 23
3 Knowing the Tramp 48
4 Gendering the Tramp 87
5 Pathologizing the Tramp 110
6 Laughter and the Tramp 130
7 Picturing the Tramp 171
Afterword: The Subject Strikes Back 219
References 222
Select Bibliography 242
List of Illustrations 249
Index 252
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