City Dreams, Country Schemes: Community and Identity in the American West

City Dreams, Country Schemes: Community and Identity in the American West


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The American West, from the beginning of Euro-American settlement, has been shaped by diverse ideas about how to utilize physical space and natural environments to create cohesive, sometimes exclusive community identities. When westerners developed their towns, they constructed spaces and cultural identities that reflected alternative understandings of modern urbanity. The essays in City Dreams, Country Schemes utilize an interdisciplinary approach to explore the ways that westerners conceptualized, built, and inhabited urban, suburban, and exurban spaces in the twentieth century.

The contributors examine such topics as the attractions of open space and rural gentrification in shaping urban development; the role of tourism in developing national parks, historical sites, and California's Napa Valley; and the roles of public art, gender, and ethnicity in shaping urban centers. City Dreams, Country Schemes reveals the values and expectations that have shaped the West and the lives of the people who inhabit it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874178517
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 10/28/2011
Series: Urban West Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 325
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Kathleen A. Brosnan is associate dean for faculty and research in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston.

Amy L. Scott is assistant professor of history at Bradley University.

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