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The Routledge Companion to the American Landscape

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ISBN 9780367640156
February 27, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
400 Pages 95 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to the American Landscape provides a comprehensive overview of the American landscape in a way fit for the twenty-first century, not only in its topical and regional scope but also in its methodological and disciplinary diversity.

Critically surveying the contemporary scholarship on the American landscape, this companion brings together scholars from the social sciences and humanities who focus their work on understanding the polyphonic evolution of the United States’ landscape. It simultaneously assesses the development of the U.S. landscape as well as the scholarly thought that has driven innovation and continued research about that landscape. Four broad sections focus on key areas of scholarship: environmental landscapes, social, cultural, and popular identities in the landscape, political landscapes, and urban/economic landscapes. A special essay, "American Landscapes Under Siege" and accompanying short case studies call attention to the legacies and realities of race in the American landscape, bridging the discussion of social and political landscapes.

An invaluable and up-to-date guide for scholars and graduate students to current thinking across the range of disciplines which converge in the study of place, including Geography, Cultural Studies, History as well as the interdisciplinary fields of American Studies, Environmental Studies, and Planning.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Reading the Landscape

Richard H. Schein

Introduction: Twenty-first Century American Landscapes

Chris W. Post, Alyson L. Greiner, Geoffrey L. Buckley


Part I: Environmental Landscapes

Introduction: The American Environment

Geoffrey L. Buckley

  1. Changes Across Rural America: Agricultural Landscapes
  2. Lisa M. Butler Harrington and Chris R. Laingan

    Box 1: The Rise of the Perfect Lawn

    Ted Steinberg

  3. Fluid Landscapes
  4. Craig E. Colten

    Box 2: Salmon and Dams: Changing Views of Rivers

    David R. Montgomery

  5. Energy Landscapes
  6. Brian C. Black

    Box 3: Wind Energy Landscapes are a Good Thing

    Martin Pasqualetti

  7. Wastescapes
  8. Martin V. Melosi

  9. Public Landscapes
  10. Randall K. Wilson and Yolonda Youngs

  11. American Landscapes of Environmental Injustice
  12. Ryan Holifield

    Part II: Social, Cultural, and Popular Identities in the American Landscape


    Alyson L. Greiner

  13. "This is Not the America I Know": Reading the White Unseen within the American Landscape
  14. Aretina R. Hamilton

  15. Gender, Sexuality, and Landscape
  16. Christina E. Dando

    Box 4: Ecofeminism

    Christina E. Dando

  17. Ethnicity and Transnationalism
  18. Emily Skop and Stephen Cho Suh

  19. Reading the Landscapes of a New Religious America
  20. Samuel Avery-Quinn

  21. The American Cinematic Landscape Inscribed @Work
  22. Chris Lukinbeal

  23. Music and the American Landscape: Rhythms of Continuity and Change
  24. David J. Keeling and Thomas L. Bell

  25. Sports and the American Landscape
  26. John Lauermann

  27. From Post-Scarcity Utopia to Zombie-Infested Hellscape: Continuity and Change in the Landscape of a Future North America
  28. Fiona Davidson

    Box 5: Landscapes of Mars: Where Science Meets Fiction

    Maria Lane

    Special Essay: Bridging Social and Political Landscapes

    American Landscapes Under Siege

    Joshua Inwood and Derek H. Alderman

    Box 6: The History of Race and Landscape in the United States

    Aretina Hamilton

    Box 7: The Roots and Routes of a Black City

    Brandi T. Summers

    Part III: Political Landscapes

    Introduction: US Political Landscapes

    Chris W. Post

  29. American Imperialism
  30. Barney Warf

  31. Iconographic Landscapes of Borders and Immigration Controls
  32. Kenneth D. Madsen

  33. (De)constructing the Grid: The Public Land Survey System and the Production of Abstract Space in the Early Republic
  34. Timothy G. Anderson

  35. Landscape and Politics: The 2020 Presidential Election in the United States
  36. Fred M. Shelley and Heather Hollen

  37. America’s Contemporary Commemorative Landscapes: Themes and Practices in Memorial Mania
  38. Erika Doss

    Box 8 : More-than Representation

    Jacque Micieli Voutsinas

  39. Place Re-Naming
  40. Jordan P. Brasher

  41. The Landscape of Incarceration in the United States
  42. Matt L. Mitchelson

    Part IV: Urban/Economic Landscapes

    Introduction: Urban and Economic Landscapes in the US

    Chris W. Post

  43. Urban Sustainability
  44. Lisa Benton-Short and Melissa Keeley

  45. The Ordinary-Extraordinary Landscape of the Automobile
  46. Ellen Hostetter

    Box 9: Landscape Interpretation and Qualitative Research

    Dydia DeLyser

  47. Tourism in the American Landscape
  48. Velvet Nelson

  49. The Changing Rural Landscape
  50. Andrew Husa

    Box 10: Youth in Rural Landscapes

    Cheryl Morse

  51. Rooted in Place—Retail on the American Landscape
  52. Emily Fekete

  53. Post-Industrial Landscapes
  54. Mark Alan Rhodes, II and Sarah Fayen Scarlett

  55. Labor and the Changing Economic Landscape of the United States

Andrew Herod

Box 11: Marxist Understandings of Landscape

Andrew Herod


Bill Wyckoff

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Chris W. Post is Professor of Geography at Kent State University at Stark.

Alyson L. Greiner is Professor and Head of Geography at Oklahoma State University.  

Geoffrey L. Buckley is Interim Associate Dean, Ohio Honors Program, Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University.