The American College Town

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, Feb 1, 2010 - Education - 438 pages
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The college town is a unique type of urban place, shaped by the sometimes conflicting forces of youth, intellect, and idealism. The hundreds of college towns in the United States are, in essence, an academic archipelago. Similar to one another, they differ in fundamental ways from other cities and the regions in which they are located. In this highly readable book--the first work published on the subject--Blake Gumprecht identifies the distinguishing features of college towns, explains why they have developed as they have in the United States, and examines in depth various characteristics that make them unusual. In eight thematic chapters, he explores some of the most interesting aspects of college towns--their distinctive residential and commercial districts, their unconventional political cultures, their status as bohemian islands, their emergence as high-tech centers, and more. Each of these chapters focuses on a single college town as an example, while providing additional evidence from other towns. Lively, richly detailed, and profusely illustrated with original maps and photographs, as well as historical images, this is an important book that firmly establishes the college town as an integral component of the Ametican experience.
  

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Contents

Defining the College Town
1
The Campus as a Public Space
40
Fraternity Row the Student Ghetto
82
Campus Corners and Aggievilles
108
All Things Right and Relevant
145
Paradise for Misfits
190
Stadium Culture
227
HighTech Valhalla
258
Town vs Gown
297
The Future of the College Town
335
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A former reporter for the Las Angeles Times and other newspaA former reporter for the Las Angeles Times and other newspapers, Blake Gumprecht is an assistant professor of geographypers, Blake Gumprecht is an assistant professor of geography and American studies at the University of New Hampshire. Hi and American studies at the University of New Hampshire. His previous book, The Las Angeles River: Its Life, Death, ands previous book, The Las Angeles River: Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth, won the J. B. Jackson Prize from the Asso Possible Rebirth, won the J. B. Jackson Prize from the Association of American Geographers. ciation of American Geographers.

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