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In Country of Exiles, William Leach, whose Land of Desire was a finalist for the National Book Award, explores the troubling effects of our national love affair with mobility.  He shows us how the impulse to pull up stakes and find a new frontier has always battled with the need to put down roots, and how a new cosmopolitanism has seized our national identity.Leach takes us across a featureless America, where strip malls homogenize a once varied and majestic landscape, and where casinos displace the Native American spiritual connection to the land. He shows us a culture where everyone, from CEOs to office temps, abandons the notion of company loyalty, and where rootless academics posit a world without borders.  With compelling vision and insight, Leach reveals the profound but often hidden impact of America''s disintegrating sense of place on our national and individual psyche. William R. Leach, Books, Social and Cultural Studies, Country of Exiles: The Destruction of Place in American Life Books>Social and Cultural Studies, [PU: Random House; Alfred A. Knopf]

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Leach, William

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Country of Exiles

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9780679758655

In Country of Exiles, William Leach, whose Land of Desire was a finalist for the National Book Award, explores the troubling effects of our national love affair with mobility. He shows us how the impulse to pull up stakes and find a new frontier has always battled with the need to put down roots, and how a new cosmopolitanism has seized our national identity. Leach takes us across a featureless America, where strip malls homogenize a once varied and majestic landscape, and where casinos displace the Native American spiritual connection to the land. He shows us a culture where everyone, from CEOs to office temps, abandons the notion of company loyalty, and where rootless academics posit a world without borders. With compelling vision and insight, Leach reveals the profound but often hidden impact of America's disintegrating sense of place on our national and individual psyche.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780679758655
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0679758658
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Erscheinungsjahr: 2000
Herausgeber: VINTAGE BOOKS
288 Seiten
Gewicht: 0,227 kg
Sprache: eng/Englisch

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