Power and Place in the North American West

Paperback | September 1, 1999

EditorRichard White, John M. Findlay

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Western historians continue to seek new ways of understanding the particular mixture of physical territory, human actions, outside influences, and unique expectations that has made the North American West what it is today. This collection of twelve essays tackles the subject of power and place from several angles—Indians and non-Indians, race and gender, environment and economy—to gain insight into major forces at work during two centuries of western history.

The essays, related to one another by their concern with how power is exercised in, over, and by western places, cover a wide range of times and topics, from 18th-century Spanish New Mexico to 19th-century British Columbia to 20th-century Sun Valley and Los Angeles. They encompass analyses of the concept and rhetoric of race, theoretical speculations on gender and powerlessness, and insights on the causes of current environmental crises.

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A unique and specific mixture of physical territory, human actions, outside influence and unique expectations have made the North American West what it is today. Richard White and John M. Findlay have put together a collection of essays that tackles the phenomenon of social power and its sources. Power and Place in the North American W...

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Western historians continue to seek new ways of understanding the particular mixture of physical territory, human actions, outside influences, and unique expectations that has made the North American West what it is today. This collection of twelve essays tackles the subject of power and place from several angles—Indians and non-Indian...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.99 × 6.05 × 0.74 inPublished:September 1, 1999Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0295977736

ISBN - 13:9780295977737

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IntroductionPART 1: INDIANS AND NON-INDIANSCoboway's Tale: A Story of Power and Place Along the ColumbiaViolence, Justice, and State Power in the New Mexican Borderlands, 1780-1880Making "Indians" in British Columbia: Power, Race, and the Importance of PlacePART 2: RACE IN THE URBAN WESTFederal Power and Racial Politics in Los Angeles During World War IIRace, Rhetoric, and Regional Identity: Boosting Los Angeles, 1880-1930Recasting Identities: American-born Chinese and Nisei in the Era of the Pacific WarPART 3: ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMYTourism as Colonial Economy: Power and Place in Western TourismCreating Wealth by Consuming Place: Timber Management on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest"Politics Is at the Bottom of the Whole Thing": Spatial Relations of Power in Oregon Salmon ManagementNatures Industries: The Rhetoric of Industrialism in the Oregon CountryPART 4: GENDER IN THE URBAN WESTLighting Out for the Territory: Women, Mobility and Western PlaceContributorsIndex

From Our Editors

A unique and specific mixture of physical territory, human actions, outside influence and unique expectations have made the North American West what it is today. Richard White and John M. Findlay have put together a collection of essays that tackles the phenomenon of social power and its sources. Power and Place in the North American West deals with such topics as Indians and non-Indians, race and gender, environment and economy.

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A fine collection of provocative essays. The apparently straightforward term ‘power,’ like ‘place,’ offers multiple angles of understanding and opens our appreciation of the splendid complexity of these topics.

- Elliott West, University of Arkansas