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Devil's Bargains: Tourism in the Twentieth-Century American West

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The West is popularly perceived as America's last outpost of unfettered opportunity, but twentieth-century corporate tourism has transformed it into America's "land of opportunism." From Sun Valley to Santa Fe, towns throughout the West have been turned over to outsiders and not just to those who visit and move on, but to those who stay and control.
Although tourism has be
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 16th 1998 by University Press of Kansas (first published October 1998)
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Mathew Powers
May 04, 2015 Mathew Powers rated it liked it
He states that tourism is post-industrial (what does that mean, exactly?) and more in line with Gates than Ford (odd analogy). However, later he notes that part of the reason Santa Fe and the Grand Canyon were successful was because of *their ties to industrialization and the industrial world economy*!! He does good work for most of this book, but his broad arguments and assertions are horribly inconsistent and lack clarity --and evidence.

Far too many generalizations and subjective arguments to
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Jessica
This volume offers a good a introduction into tourism history and is one of the first monographs to bridge the gap between tourism and environmental history. The most interesting argument made by Rothman is that tourism represent postmodern capitalism, as in the move away from the production and selling items to the production and selling of experience. The way in which he portrays tourism as an extension of colonialism and hegemony is also important. Like others, I find his portrayal a bit too ...more
Brian
Apr 28, 2015 Brian rated it liked it
Am interesting review. A bit too dense in some places. I also think the author is a little too much of the opinion that change in the American West is bad.
Sam
Aug 11, 2008 Sam rated it really liked it
This author offers a historical take on the expansion of tourism in the American West. He critiques people who purport to travel in "better" ways, claiming that all tourism follows a model that compromises identity. In order to attract tourism, townspeople must market their identity--their local flair. The idea of authenticity--in nature and identity--runs throughout this text.
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