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

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The American West has always been seen as a land of opportunity, but tourism has transformed it into a land of opportunism. From Sun Valley to Santa Fe, towns all over the region have been turned over to outsiders - not just those who visit, but those who control.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 16th 1998 by University Press of Kansas (first published October 1998)
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Mathew Powers
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.

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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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