14. Framing Class in the Rural West: Cowboys, Double-Wides, and McMansions

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Nancy Cook

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch14

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

How to Cite

Cook, N. (2011) Framing Class in the Rural West: Cowboys, Double-Wides, and McMansions, in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (ed N. S. Witschi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch14

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Montana, Missoula, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187336

Online ISBN: 9781444396591

SEARCH

Keywords:

  • framing class in the rural West - cowboys, double-wides and McMansions;
  • class and the rural West - the United States, being, and remaining, a classed society;
  • The West, since Lewis and Clark's expedition - complicating, place of class stratification;
  • New Western history, and American social history - the West, and social class;
  • “Working-class” and Raymond Williams - American West, ranchers, both upper-class and working-class;
  • class, cowboys and popular culture - Raban's invocation of Empson, representations of the rural West;
  • landed family, and a feudal relationship - those affiliated with the ranch;
  • Sky King, a gentleman rancher - leisure time, using his twin-engine airplane to fight crimes;
  • trailer trash and RV elites - housing, lens through which to examine class difference;
  • McMansions and double-wides - social relations in the New West, insiders versus outsiders, subsuming class distinctions

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Class and the Rural West

  • Class, Cowboys, and Popular Culture

  • Trailer Trash and RV Elites

  • McMansions and Double - wides

  • References and Further Reading