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ERIC Number: EJ869480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 165
ISSN: ISSN-0036-0112
Writing the New West: A Critical Review
Robbins, Paul; Meehan, Katharine; Gosnell, Hannah; Gilbertz, Susan J.
Rural Sociology, v74 n3 p356-382 Sep 2009
A vast and growing interdisciplinary research effort has focused on the rise of the so-called New West, purportedly the product of regional socioeconomic, political, and ecological upheavals in states like Montana and Colorado. Reviewing the growing research on this problem in sociology, economics, geography, and conservation science, this article identifies four central questions at the core of this diverse scholarship. Our review demonstrates that none of these central questions has generated consensus conclusions and that there is untapped potential for more structurally robust analyses of the drivers and outcomes of rapid change in the region. Indeed, supporting other analyses that have called the consistency of the region into question, our survey suggests the ways in which this region is not unique, but largely reflective of larger scale socioecological forces playing out in similar ways around the postindustrial world. We conclude, therefore, with a series of crucial questions, which may be unanswerable by assuming the "New West" as a coherent geography. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Montana; United States