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Western lifestyle or cowboy culture is the lifestyle, or behaviourisms, of, and resulting from the influence of, the (often romanticized) attitudes, ethics and history of the American Western cowboy. In the present day these influences affect this sector of the population's choice of recreation, clothing, and consumption of goods.
The origins of cowboy culture go back to the Spanish who settled in New Mexico and later Texas bringing cattle.
While the culture never completely faded, in the 1980s, following the urbanization of much of the Texas population, there was a marked revival of cowboy culture with the creation of a number of organizations devoted to its preservation, among them the American Cowboy Culture Association.
Notes and references
- Dary, David (1989). Cowboy Culture: A Saga of Five Centuries (second ed.). Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas. p. xi. ISBN 978-0-7006-0390-9.
- Dary 1989, p. 3
- Slatta, Richard W. (1996). "American Cowboy Culture Association". The Cowboy Encyclopedia. New York: W. W. Norton. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-393-31473-1. Originally published by ABC-CLIO, : Santa Barbara, California, in 1994.
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