Dickens, David R. "Is Las Vegas a" Real City"?." UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal 15.2 (2011): 119.
At the recent Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association (ASA), held in Las Vegas, Professor Sharon Zukin, a recipient of the ASA's Robert and Helen Lynd Lifetime Achievement Award in community and urban sociology, was featured in a two-minute video produced by the prestigious Norton Publishing company. The first words out of her mouth were "she hates Las Vegas." She then proceeded to launch into an extended diatribe aimed at tourists on the Strip, whom, she claimed, might think that they are having fun, but they are not, and went on to add that Las Vegas is not a real city. While the stupefying combination of arrogance and ignorance contained in Professor Zukin's "commentary" is deeply disturbing, it is hardly new. It is crucial to note, however, that there exists an equally large literature on Las Vegas based upon systematic, in-depth empirical analysis.