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Grit Beneath the Glitter: Tales from the Real Las Vegas

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Publisher Comments:

"Rothman and Davis have given us not only the gritty, often ugly reality behind the nation's brightest lights but also the touching human drama that is the essence of our most emblematic and enigmatic city. From the grind joints of Glitter Gulch to the mammoth theme hotels of the twenty-first-century Strip, this collection blends marvelously the best old-fashioned scholarship and investigative reporting with the finest postmodern literary sensibility and journalism. To understand the new West, and thus the new century's America, begin here."—Sally Denton and Roger Morris, authors of The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America, 1947-2000

"Like rabbits mesmerized by a snake, cultural critics have been locked onto the public spectacle of Las Vegas for so long they've taken its facades for its entirety. But what is now surely the greatest show on earth is in every sense of the word a production. That production requires extraordinary natural resources and the grueling labor offstage of producers-hotel maids, construction workers-and as a byproduct has generated a vast city that says far more about the scary state of things than all the sequins on all the nipples on the strip. Grit Beneath the Glitter gets that picture whole, in an exhilarating, unsettling way."—Rebecca Solnit, author of Hollow City: The Siege of San Francisco and the Crisis of American Urbanism and Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Landscape Wars of the American West

"Most of us have ideas about Las Vegas. (In 1999 it surpassed Mecca as the world's top tourist attraction.) But what is it like to live there, to work there? How long can it keep reshaping itself and what does its example mean for the future? In this book, artists, critics, and scholars, all with an intimate knowledge of the place, combine forces to explain this latest version of the American dream, compelling the attention of anyone interested in what the urban future holds. Their insights will amaze you."—Carol A. O'Connor, co-editor of The Oxford History of the American West

"There is no other book about Las Vegas, that 'playground of paradox,' as entertaining or fascinating as this. In puzzling over whether Las Vegas is a place of 'resounding ordinariness' or 'the latest in American dream capitals,' the contributors to this volume serve up a veritable banquet of delicious mind-food, one delicious entree following another. Bravo!"—Dennis R. Judd, co-author of The Tourist City

Synopsis:

The Grit Beneath the Glitter is the first real look at the new Las Vegas from the inside. In it, long-time residents as well as professionals reflect on the transformation of one of the fastest-growing and most famous cities on earth, yet one about which relatively little is known. They offer a lively and compelling portrait of the other side of Las Vegas: the people and institutions that support the glitter of the gaming and entertainment industry. Examining a range of topics--from the city's commercial history, labor conditions, and environmental problems to an analysis of the famous lights of the Strip--the contributors uncover the contradictions between the illusion and the reality of the city, the seam between fantasy and the life it masks. The essays in this collection explore the world that employees experience when they enter gaming palaces from an employee entrance in a back parking lot rather than through the scripted doors of casino/hotel palaces. They take readers into the neighborhoods where 1.4 million Americans now live, attend school, eat dinner, and go to work.

Synopsis:

This collection brings intellectual analysis, political and socioeconomic awareness, and top-quality photographs to bear on the ever-fascinating Las Vegas, one of the most talked about and visited cities in the United States.

About the Author

Hal Rothman is Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Among his books are Devil's Bargains (1998), The Greening of a Nation? (1998), and Neon Metropolis: How Las Vegas Started the 21st Century (due out in 2002). Mike Davis is Professor of History at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the author of City of Quartz (1992) and Ecology of Fear (1998), among other books.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Many Faces of Las Vegas

Hal Rothman and Mike Davis

Part I: Image and Reality

Scripting Las Vegas: Noir Naïfs, Junking Up, and the New Strip

Norman M. Klein

Las Vegas of the Mind: Shooting Movies in and about Nevada

Francisco Menendez

Discordant Infrastructure

Peter Goin

Part II: Nuts and Bolts

Growth, Services, and the Political Economy of Gambling in Las Vegas, 1970–2000

Eugene Moehring

Lighting Las Vegas: Electricity and the City of Glitz

Jay Brigham

Build It and the Water Will Come

Jon Christensen

The Social Costs of Rapid Urbanization in Southern Nevada

Robert E. Parker

Rise to Power: The Recent History of the Culinary Union in Las Vegas

Courtney Alexander

Class Struggle in Oz

Mike Davis

Part III: Voices

"Squeezing the Juice Out of Las Vegas": Reflections On Growing Up in Smalltown, USA

Brian Frehner

I Didnt Know Anybody Lived There

Shannon McMackin

How I Became a Native

William N. Thompson

Inside the Glitter: Lives of Casino Workers

Kit Miller

Part IV: Shaping Life

"She Works Hard for Her Money": A Reassessment of Las Vegas Women Workers, 1945–1985

Joanne L. Goodwin

The Racial Cauldron

Mike Davis

Inside Jean

Constance Devereaux

Looking into a Dry Lake: Uncovering the Womens View of Las Vegas 000

Amie Williams

Part V: From Pariah to Paradigm

Colony, Capital, and Casino: Money in the Real Las Vegas

Hal Rothman

Who Puts the "Sin" in "Sin City" Stories? Girls of Grit and Glitter in the City of Women

Kathryn Hausbeck

Nevada Goes Global: The Foreign Gaming Rule and the Spread of Casinos

William N. Thompson

Canto: Las Vegas

Richard Misrach

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520225381
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Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Las Vegas
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Las Vegas (Nev.) - History - 20th century
Subject:
Las Vegas (Nev.) Economic conditions.
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
72-67.
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
65 b/w photographs, 3 tables
Pages:
388
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 19 oz

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The Grit Beneath the Glitter is the first real look at the new Las Vegas from the inside. In it, long-time residents as well as professionals reflect on the transformation of one of the fastest-growing and most famous cities on earth, yet one about which relatively little is known. They offer a lively and compelling portrait of the other side of Las Vegas: the people and institutions that support the glitter of the gaming and entertainment industry. Examining a range of topics--from the city's commercial history, labor conditions, and environmental problems to an analysis of the famous lights of the Strip--the contributors uncover the contradictions between the illusion and the reality of the city, the seam between fantasy and the life it masks. The essays in this collection explore the world that employees experience when they enter gaming palaces from an employee entrance in a back parking lot rather than through the scripted doors of casino/hotel palaces. They take readers into the neighborhoods where 1.4 million Americans now live, attend school, eat dinner, and go to work.
"Synopsis" by , This collection brings intellectual analysis, political and socioeconomic awareness, and top-quality photographs to bear on the ever-fascinating Las Vegas, one of the most talked about and visited cities in the United States.
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