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Rodeo Queens : On The Circuit With America's Cowgirls - Joan Burbick

Rodeo Queens

On The Circuit With America's Cowgirls

Paperback Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9781586482046
Number Of Pages: 256

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Rodeo has always been considered a supremely masculine sport, a rough and tumble display of macho strength and skill. But author Joan Burbick shows us the other side of rodeo: the world of rodeo queens--part cowgirl and part pageant princess--who wave and smile and keep the dream of the ideal Western woman alive.

So who are the women behind the candy-red chaps, Farrah Fawcett curls, and rhinestone tiaras? Burbick traveled the backroads of the rural West for years, trying to find out. She interviewed dozens of queens, including rodeo royalty from the 1930s and 40s, women who grew up breaking wild horses, branding calves, and witnessing the sad decline of the ranching life. Stories from white and Native American rodeo queens in the 1950s and 1960s, the golden age of rodeo, reveal the conflicts over gender and race that shaped the rodeo and the Cold War politics of small Western towns. Finally, rodeo queens from the 1970s to the present describe a more fiercely commercial rodeo, driven largely by TV-ratings and sponsorships, glitter and hairspray.

Illustrated throughout with wonderful photographs, this rich tapestry of women's voices echoes and challenges our clichés of the rural West. Their combined stories of fulfilled dreams and lost hopes reveal the tenacity of the myth of the American West, a place of muscled men, golden-haired women, relentless beauty and tragic limits.

Breakoutp. 1
Rodeo Queen Lamentp. 11
The Last Brandingp. 29
A Drowned Landp. 45
Trusting the Wildp. 61
Leaving Pochontasp. 77
Queen for a Dayp. 101
Hidden Horsesp. 119
Separate Belongingsp. 131
Rhinestone Cowgirlsp. 153
A Perfect Imagep. 173
Dreaming Las Vegasp. 193
The Last Rodeop. 205
Acknowledgmentsp. 215
Works Consultedp. 217
A Note on the Photographsp. 229
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9781586482046
ISBN-10: 1586482041
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1