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.
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.
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