The Wild West, the industrial East and the outlaw
Parker, Martin, 1962-. (2011) The Wild West, the industrial East and the outlaw. Culture and Organization, Vol.17 (No.4). pp. 347-365. ISSN 1475-9551Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14759551.2011.590311
This paper argues that dominant academic understandings of the Wild West overstate the extent to which it can be understood as a pro-capitalist mythology. The paper begins with an account of the making of the mythic West, particularly in the second half of the nineteenth century. I then consider the cultural economics of this process, noting that, for most of the twentieth century, the Western was the dominant genre across whole swathes of cultural production. This is followed by a consideration of the place of the outlaw and related figures that appear to problematize the legitimacy of new forms of social order, particularly in relation to land and ownership. I conclude with some thoughts on what it might mean to propose an anti-modern and radical reading of the Western, and to connect the cowboy with other social bandits, such as the pirate and the Mafiosi.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F001 United States local history
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Industrial Relations & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||West (U.S.) -- History -- To 1848, West (U.S.) -- History -- 1848-1860, West (U.S.) -- Economic conditions -- 18th century, West (U.S.) -- Economic conditions -- 19th century, Outlaws -- West (U.S.) -- History, Cowboys -- West (U.S.) -- History, Arts -- Economic aspects, Western films|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Culture and Organization|
|Page Range:||pp. 347-365|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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