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dc.contributor.advisorHagelman, Ronald
dc.contributor.authorPrince, Benjamin J. ( )
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-13T21:07:35Z
dc.date.available2016-10-13T21:07:35Z
dc.date.issued2016-07-08
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/6300
dc.description.abstractThis study analyzes the role of popular visual media representations in the development of the Appalachian Trail, between 1921 and 2014. The Appalachian Trail is an iconic footpath stretching more than 2000 miles (3200 kilometers) along the Appalachian Mountains of the east coast of the United States. Visual media including photographs and maps have been key to the public awareness and perception of trail’s development since it was first proposed in 1921. The purpose of this research is, therefore, to critically appraise these materials, and illuminate how they serve to solidify meaning, enshrine power, and mediate user experiences. My findings suggest that through breadth of coverage, powerful imagery and cartographic discourse, institutional promoters of the trail, such as the National Geographic Society have infused an evolving set of their own values into the trail landscape. In the process this has influenced how the viewing public understands, uses, and seeks to shape the landscape of the Appalachian Trail.
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dc.format.extent246 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectAppalachian Trail
dc.subjectVisual Discourse Analysis
dc.subjectContent Analysis
dc.subjectCartographic Discourse Analysis
dc.subjectCritical Discourse Analysis
dc.subject.lcshAppalachian Trail--Pictorial worksen_US
dc.subject.lcshAppalachian Trail--Description and travelen_US
dc.titleAn Appalachian Trail: A Critical Geographic Study in Visual Representation and Landscape Production
txstate.documenttypeDissertation
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGiordano, Alberto
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSummers, Emily
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTiefenbacher, John
thesis.degree.departmentGeography
thesis.degree.disciplineEnvironmental Geography
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
txstate.departmentGeography


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