288 pages | 28 B/W Illus.
This book inquires into the relations between society and its natural environment by examining the historical discourse around several cases of state building in the American West: the construction of three high dams from 1928 to 1963.
Part One: Departures 1. Introduction 2. Political and Environmental Sociology: The Möbias Strip of Society and Nature 3. Water in the American West Part Two: Investigations 4. In the Beginning There was Boulder: A Natural Menace Becomes a Natural Resource 5. Grand Coulee: 'Mightiest Thing Ever Built by Man' 6. Glen Canyon: Last of the High Dams 7. Conclusion: Toward an Arrival. Maps. References.