Every year, more than thirty-five million people from all over the world visit Las Vegas; only two million call the city home. Everyday Las Vegas takes a close look at the lives of those who live in a place the rest of the world considers exotic, even decadent. Using broad research, including interviews with more than one hundred Las Vegans, Rex Rowleywho grew up in Las Vegasexamines everyday life in a place that markets itself as an escape from mundane reality.
Rowley considers such topics as why people move to Las Vegas, the nature of their work and personal lives, the impact of growth and rapid change, and interaction with the overwhelmingly touristic side of the city. He also considers the benefits and perils of living in a nonstop twenty-four-hour city rich in entertainment options and easy access to gambling, drugs, and other addictions. His examination includes the previously unstudied role of neighborhood casinos patronized by locals rather than tourists and the impact that a very mobile population has on schools, churches, and community life.
Rowley considers the very different ways people perceive a place as insiders or outsiders, a dichotomy that arises when tourism is a mainstay of the local economy. His work offers insights into what Las Vegas can teach us about other cities and American culture in general. It also contributes to our understanding of how people relate to places and how the personality of a place influences the lives of people who live there.
|Publisher:||University of Nevada Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Rex J. Rowley received his B.S. from Brigham Young University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He is an assistant professor of geography at Illinois State University where his academic interests include sense of place, qualitative GIS, and the human dimensions of sea level rise.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations xi
Introduction: The Local's Las Vegas 1
1 One Hundred Years of Opportunity, Luck, and Rapid Change 15
2 A Place in the Desert 37
3 Watch'Em Come, See 'Em Go 55
4 Getting Along with Growth 82
5 Stuck in the Fast Lane 108
6 Locals in a Tourist City 131
7 Life in a Town of Glitter and Gold 159
8 Religion in Sin City 188
Conclusion: Las Vegas Becoming 209