The Art of the Airport: Using Public History and Material Culture to Humanize and Interpret the American Airport

In recent decades, government officials and social scientists have increased their study of American airports and their relationship to security and national defense. Despite the growing attention, airports remain interpreted primarily as homogenized, transient spaces deprived of any culturally unique qualities. This thesis will study American airports as historical artifacts with significant layers of meaning. If contextualized and situated within a broader historical framework, then airports expose larger trends throughout American history including resistance to...
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