The grit beneath the glitter : tales from the real Las Vegas

edited by Hal K. Rothman and Mike Davis

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.

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  • Introduction: The Many Faces of Las Vegas Hal Rothman and Mike Davis Part I: Image and Reality Scripting Las Vegas: Noir Naifs, 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 Didn't 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 Women's 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

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書名 The grit beneath the glitter : tales from the real Las Vegas
著作者等 Davis, Mike
Rothman, Hal
出版元 University of California Press
刊行年月 c2002
ページ数 388 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0520225384
NCID BA69951477
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国