Neon Metropolis: How Las Vegas Started the Twenty-first Century

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Architecture - 340 pages
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The popular image of Japanese society is a steroetypical one - that of a people characterised by a coherent set of thought and behaviour patterns, applying to all Japanese and transcending time. Ross Mouer and Yoshio Sugimoto found this image quite incongruous during their research for this book in Japan. They ask whether this steroetype of the Japanese is not only generated by foreigners but by the Japanese themselves.

This is likely to be a controversial book as it does not contribute to the continuing mythologising of Japan and the Japanese. The book examines contemporary images of Japanese society by surveying an extensive sample of popular and academic literature on Japan. After tracing the development of "holistic" theories about the Japanese, commonly referred to as the "group model", attention is focused on the evaluation of that image. Empirical evidence contrary to this model is discussed and methodological lacunae are cited. A "sociology of Japanology" is also presented.

In pursuit of other visions of Japanese society, the authors argue that certain aspects of Japanese behaviour can be explained by considering Japanese society as the exact inverse of the portayal provided by the group model. The authors also present a multi-dimensional model of social stratification, arguing that much of the variation in Japanese behaviour can be understood within the framework as having universal equivalence.


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NEON METROPOLIS: How Las Vegas Started the 21st Century

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Relentlessly upbeat chronicle of America's capital of glamour, sin, money-laundering, and heavyweight boxing—somewhat surprising, coming from the editor of the journal Environmental History and ... Read full review

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An odd book. It's generally a fun read, and there's lots of interesting background on America's most fasinating city. But Rothman has an overeager authorial voice, and the book isn't particularly well ... Read full review


1 Inventing Modern Las Vegas
Entertainment in the Malleable Metropolis
The New Service Economy
4 Freedom and Limits in a City of Pleasure
Filling Las Vegas
5 The New Emigrant Trail
6 The Face of the Future
Latinos in the New City
Life in a Libertarian Desert
The Weight of Traffic
Building a City without Basements or Closets
Neighborhoods of Affinity
Selected Bibliography

Building a New City

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About the author (2003)

Hal Rothman is a professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the editor of the journal Environmental History. The author of Devil's Bargains: Tourism in the Twentieth Century American West, Rothman is a frequent commentator on Las Vegas. He has been featured on National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and in the four-hour A&E Television Network documentary, Las Vegas.

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