Publication date: February 2014
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Everyday Las Vegas
Local Life in a Tourist Town
Every year, nearly forty million people visit Las Vegas from all over the world, though only two million call the city home. Using interviews with more than one hundred local residents, Everyday Las Vegas takes a close look at what life is like for those who live in a place that the rest of the world sees as an exotic, even decadent vacation destination.
Rowley surveys the reasons people move to Las Vegas, how they interact as both workers and consumers with the overwhelming tourist economy, and how they are affected by its constant growth and rapid change. He considers the impacts of a very fluid population on the stability of schools, churches, and other community institutions. His interviews candidly reveal the benefits and perils of living in a nonstop, twenty-four-hour city that is rich in myriad entertainment options but also offers easy access to compulsive gambling and other addictions. More broadly, Everyday Las Vegas looks at how the perception of a locale differs between insiders and outsiders and how the personality of a place influences the lives of its residents.
"Rowley succeeds at getting locals to see themselves anew." Desert Companion, August 2013
“"This highly readable analysis of the private side of a public city deserves a place in all academic libraries. Highly recommended." -- Choice, October 2013
"Everyday Las Vegas is a fascinating and much recommended addition to history and social issues collections, and for those who want another perspective on the city." Midwest Book Review, May 2013
"Rowley focuses on the overlooked portion of Las Vegas--areas in the shadow of the glitter. By examining the lives of its residents, often neglected in other studies, his book makes a major contribution both to the literature on Las Vegas and the geography of everyday life.”" -- Richard Francaviglia, author of Believing in Place: A Spiritual Geography of the Great Basin
"“Rex Rowley considers Las Vegas from an angle that gets far too little attention: what it’s like for the people who live and work there, and what the place means to them. Whether you’re a Las Vegan by birth or choice, or a scholar trying to figure out both ‘Sin City’ and the people who make it tick, you will learn something from this insightful book."” -- Michael S. Green, coauthor of Las Vegas: A Centennial History