The World Turned Inside Out
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The World Turned Inside Out

American Thought and Culture at the End of the 20th Century
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ISBN-13:
9781442201170
Seiten:
226
Autor:
James Livingston
Serie:
American Thought and Culture
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

The World Turned Inside Out explores American thought and culture in the formative moment of the late twentieth century in the aftermath of the fabled Sixties. The overall argument here is that the tendencies and sensibilities we associate with that earlier moment of upheaval decisively shaped intellectual agendas and cultural practices in the 1980s and 90s.
The World Turned Inside Out explores American thought and culture in the formative moment of the late twentieth century in the aftermath of the fabled Sixties. The overall argument here is that the tendencies and sensibilities we associate with that earlier moment of upheaval decisively shaped intellectual agendas and cultural practices—from the all-volunteer Army to the cartoon politics of Disney movies—in the 1980s and 90s.

By this accounting, the so-called Reagan Revolution was not only, or even mainly, a conservative event. By the same accounting, the Left, having seized the commanding heights of higher education, was never in danger of losing the so-called culture wars. At the end of the twentieth century, the argument goes, the United States was much less conservative than it had been in 1975.

The book takes supply-side economics and South Park equally seriously. It treats Freddy Krueger, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Ronald Reagan as comparable cultural icons.
Foreword
Preface: The World Elsewhere is Not
Chapter 1: "From Dusk to Dawn": Origins and Effects of the Reagan Revolution

Chapter 2: "Tenured Radicals" in the Ivory Tower/The Great Transformation of Higher Education
Chapter 3: The Creators and Constituents of the "Postmodern Condition"
Chapter 4: "Signs of Signs": Watching the "End of Modernity" at the Cineplex

Chapter 5: "Angels in America": Technologies of Desire and Recognition
Chapter 6: The Ending of the "American Century"
Coda: Keep Arguing
Appendix: Their Great Depression and Ours

Bibliographic Essay