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Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Space, Place, and Region (Politics and Culture in Modern America)by Michelle Nickerson
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Coined by Republican strategist Kevin Phillips in 1969 to describe the new alloy of conservatism that united voters across the southern rim of the country, the term Sunbelt has since gained currency in the American lexicon. By the early 1970s, the region had come to embody economic growth and an ambitious political culture. With sprawling suburban landscapes, cities like Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles seemed destined to sap influence from the Northeast. Corporate entrepreneurialism and a conservative ethos helped forge the Sunbelt's industrial-labor relations, military spending, education systems, and neighborhood development. Unprecedented migration to the region ensured that these developments worked in concert with sojourners' personal quest for work, family, community, and leisure. In the resplendent Sunbelt the nation seemed to glimpse the American Dream remade.The essays in Sunbelt Rising deploy new analytic tools to explain this region's dramatic rise. Contributors to the volume study the Sunbelt as both a physical entity and a cultural invention. They examine the raised highway, the sprawling prison complex, and the fast-food restaurant as distinctive material contours of a region. In this same vein they delineate distinctive Sunbelt models of corporate and government organization, which came to shape so many aspects of the nation's political and economic future. Contributors also examine literature, religion, and civic engagement to illustrate how a particular Sunbelt cultural sensibility arose that ordered people's lives in a period of tumultuous change. By exploring the interplay between the Sunbelt as a structurally defined space and a culturally imagined place, Sunbelt Rising addresses longstanding debates about region as a category of analysis.Published in cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University.
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Published in cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, this collection of essays offers multifaceted insights into the realities and myths connected with the region of the United States known--since the term was coined in 1969--as the Sunbelt. The region encompasses the southern rim of the country, including cities like Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles--sprawling suburban population centers that began to pull power away from the Northeast during a surge in the early 1970s. It's a region that continues to hold sway culturally and economically. Thirteen contributions discuss aspects such as regional politics and the rise of the political right wing, big government and family values, religion and political behavior, urban renewal and desegregation (in Miami), and political implications of the rising number of Latinos in the region. The two editors are historians affiliated as follows: Michelle Nickerson, U. of Texas, Dallas; and Darren Dochuk, Purdue U. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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