The Wild West: The Mythical Cowboy and Social Theory / Edition 1

The Wild West: The Mythical Cowboy and Social Theory / Edition 1

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by Will Wright
     
 

This book, written by the author of the celebrated volume Six Guns and Society, explains why the myth of the Wild West is popular around the world. It shows how the cultural icon of the Wild West speaks to deep desires of individualism and liberty and offers a vision of social contract theory in which a free and equal individual (the cowboy) emerges from theSee more details below

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This book, written by the author of the celebrated volume Six Guns and Society, explains why the myth of the Wild West is popular around the world. It shows how the cultural icon of the Wild West speaks to deep desires of individualism and liberty and offers a vision of social contract theory in which a free and equal individual (the cowboy) emerges from the state of nature (the wilderness) to build a civil society (the frontier community). The metaphor of the Wild West retained a commitment to some limited government (law and order) but rejected the notion of the fully codified state as too oppressive (the corrupt sheriff).

Compelling and magnificently suggestive, the book unpacks one of the core icons of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761952336
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
08/09/2001
Series:
Cultural Icons Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.45(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Individualist Cowboy
PART ONE: INDIVIDUALISM
The Social Contract
'Natural' Individuals
The Invisible Hand
PART TWO: INDUSTRIAL PROBLEMS
Marx
The Revolutionary and the Cowboy
Weber
Bureaucracy and the Cowboy
Durkheim
Endless 'Frontiers'
PART THREE: MYTHICAL INSIGHTS
Separating the Women
Removing the Indians
Sustaining the Wilderness
Conclusion
The Wild Individualist West

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