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American Space/American Place : Geographies of the Contemporary United States

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This book offers geographical perspectives on the condition of the United States at the outset of the twenty-first century. It compares the American ideals of liberty, equality, individual opportunity, and social improvement with the contemporary condition of the regions, states and localities - the ideal American space with its reality as a place. It uses the public standard provided by the official ideology of the United States to see how well things are really going. The authors consider the contrast between ideal and reality at local, state, and national levels in education, health, and welfare, in community, race, gender, and class relations, in economic and industrial development, and in the use and exploitation of America's landscape. Each chapter addresses the issues through evidence of long-term and recent trends, and grounds its arguments in information. American Space/American Place provides a series of compelling insights into the current condition of American society, its natural environment, and its place within the world.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 24mm | 756g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 53ill.
  • 074861317X
  • 9780748613175

Table of contents

1. Introduction, John Agnew; Part I: Environmental Ideals and Realities; 2. The Place of Nature in America, Jonathan Smith; 3. The Place of Value in the United States, Jonathan Smith; Part II: Political-Economic Dimensions of the American Experience; 4. America, Frontier, Nation: From Abstract Space to Wordly Place, John Agnew and Joanne Sharp; 5. Local Territories of U.S. Government: From Ideals to Politics of Place and Scale, Andrew E. G. Jonas; 6. Urban and Regional Restructuring in the United States in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century, David L. Rigby; Part III: Social-Cultural Dimensions of Americanness; 7. '...with liberty and justice for all': Negotiating Freedom and Fairness in the American Income Distribution, Janet E. Kodras; 8. A New Geography of Identity? Race, Ethnicity, and American Citizenship, Benjamin Forest; 9. Landscape, Aesthetics, and Power, James S. Duncan and David R. Lambert; 10. Mediascapes, Paul Adams; 11. American Geographical Ironies: A Conclusion, Jonathan M. Smith.show more

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It is very clear, covers a lot of ground without any pretence of all-inclusiveness and fills an important gap in the literature for those of us who teach about the United States regularly. It is very clear, covers a lot of ground without any pretence of all-inclusiveness and fills an important gap in the literature for those of us who teach about the United States regularly.show more

About John A. Agnew

John Agnew is Professor in the Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angelesshow more