Understanding Ordinary Landscapes
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:11/13/1997 - Yale University Press
While traditional studies in this field have been of rural life, most of the authors in this collection take on urban subjects, and with them the challenging issues of power, class, race, ethnicity, subculture, and cultural opposition. There is a chapter by J.B. Jackson, the field`s foremost proponent and exemplar, on the nature of the vernacular house and the garage. Some of the other contributors include James Borchert on the social stratification of Cleveland suburbs: Rina Swentzell on a comparison of native and federal environments on the Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico: Reuben Rainey on the Gettysburg battlefield: Dolores Hayden on the potentials of ethnic landscape documentation: and Denis Cosgrove on spectacle and society. Still other authorsWilbur Zelinsky, Richard Walker, Dell Upton, David Lowenthal, Jay Appleton, and Robert Riley-explore the problems and potentials of vision and space as sources of social interpretation. The book also includes a historical review of recent trends in the field of landscape studies and an annotated bibliography.