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This paper analyzes both the ‘myth’ of the cowboy, as well as the real life experiences of one. Through the lenses of symbolic interactionism, naturework, and myth and meaning making, this paper looks into how cowboys see themselves in relation to the land and to nature. Drawing on insights from in person interviews and analysis of historic cowboy ballads, these concepts were defined through their personal experiences that became intertwined with their culturally linked identities. For cowboys, the concepts of 'land' and 'nature' not only represent words but also constitute lived realities that profoundly shape their self-perception.
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Danishmend, Isabel Piper, "Lessons From Cowboys and Nature's Narratives: Symbolic Interactionism and The Cowboy's Environmental Encounter" (2023). Senior Projects Fall 2023. 12.
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