Your Waterstones card is changing, introducing...
TELL ME MORE
The American College Town (Paperback)
  • The American College Town (Paperback)
zoom

The American College Town (Paperback)

£31.50
Paperback Published: 28/02/2010
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
This is a Choice's 'Outstanding Academic Title'. The college town is a unique type of urban place, shaped by the sometimes conflicting forces of youth, intellect, and idealism. The hundreds of college towns in the United States are, in essence, an academic archipelago. Similar to one another, they differ in fundamental ways from other cities and the regions in which they are located. In this highly readable book - the first work published on the subject - Blake Gumprecht identifies the distinguishing features of college towns, explains why they have developed as they have in the United States, and examines in depth various characteristics that make them unusual. In eight thematic chapters, he explores some of the most interesting aspects of college towns - their distinctive residential and commercial districts, their unconventional political cultures, their status as bohemian islands, their emergence as high-tech centers, and more. Each of these chapters focuses on a single college town as an example, while providing additional evidence from other towns. Lively, richly detailed, and profusely illustrated with original maps and photographs, as well as historical images, this is an important book that firmly establishes the college town as an integral component of the American experience.

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558498136
Weight: 921 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"If a friend should ever ask for a book that epitomizes the best that geography can offer, I recommend Blake Gumprecht's new volume as a near-perfect candidate. He takes a landscape familiar . . . and makes us see it afresh. He dissects its complexity with astonishing thoroughness, using a rich mix of archival material, personal observation, and field interviews. He offers deep case studies, but remembers the need for broader context. Finally, he assembles the total package with spirited, clean prose, some of the best academic writing I have ever seen." -- James R. Shortridge
"A collection of intersecting short stories: warm narratives full of colorful anecdotes and supporting actors, out of which the character of the American college town emerges." -- M. Ray Witten
"There are red states and blue states, and then there are college towns--a universe of their own, anomalous political creatures. This brilliantly worked-out idea by a University of New Hampshire geographer is that rarest of things--the first full-length study of its subject--and sure to please any academic on your list." -- Carlin Romano

You may also be interested in...

City of Quartz
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
Triumph of the City
Added to basket
Ground Control
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
London
Added to basket
£25.00
Paperback
Understanding the Urban
Added to basket
Happy City
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Rethinking Urban Parks
Added to basket
£18.99
Paperback
Cities, Politics & Power
Added to basket
The Classic Slum
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Added to basket
Urban reflections
Added to basket
Victorian Cities
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Human Zoo
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Researching the City
Added to basket
£23.99
Paperback
The Town Below the Ground
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.