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Everyday Las Vegas: Local Life in a Tourist Town

Everyday Las Vegas: Local Life in a Tourist Town

by Rex J. Rowley


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Everyday Las Vegas: Local Life in a Tourist Town

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 Rowley—who grew up in Las Vegas—examines 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.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874179057
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Edition description: 1
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(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

Preface xiii

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

Notes 221

Bibliography 235

Index 245

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up in Vegas and this book tells the story, the real story, of that place that millions live, work and worship. Although some would consider this an academic work, it is so readable and engaging that anyone can enjoy the view Rowley provides, away from the glitz, and see the real Las Vegas. I loved the book and appreciate the voice the author has given to those of us who have called Las Vegas home.
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