The 1990s

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The last decade of the millennium was, in many ways, the most diverse and fascinating in the history of American culture. Alternative subcultures gained unprecedented exposure, manifest in such phenomena as grunge music, gansta rap, hip-hop fashion, raves, extreme sports, and the art of Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano. Twin Peaks, The X-Files, and The Phantom Menace brought science fiction to the mainstream. Bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam spread the Seattle rock scene across America. And even coffeehouse culture went mainstream with the proliferation of the Starbucks chain. Ethnic minorities, youth culture, and homosexual society all achieved larger roles in shaping the American identity. Meanwhile, corporate America pressed onward in its never-ending search for high ratings, giant profits, and more bang for its buck.

The twelve narrative chapters in this book depict the United States as brought to you by Generation X—a culture busting out in new and unforeseen ways. The volume also includes chapter bibliographies, a timeline, cost comparisons, and lists of suggested further reading.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Marred by weak writing, this history seems anxious to say something but never quite gets there. The two sections cover "Life and Youth" and "Popular Culture" (which looks at everything from advertising to the visual arts). The book ends with a time line and a helpful list of products and their costs. While there is useful material here, much of it gets lost in the meandering and sloppy writing. Candace Bergen is referred to as Candace Bergman, and the WNBA receives little more than an aside in the approximately 350 words devoted to women in sports. Too verbose to be a ready-reference title, but too bland and lacking in analysis to be of any value as a history, this awkward hybrid lumbers along guaranteed to alienate even the most resolute researchers. Sara and Tom Pendergast's Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-bottoms (UXL, 2002) is more inclusive, covering the entire 20th century; although the focus in Tandy McConnell's American Decades: 1990-1999 (Gale, 2000) isn't on popular culture, its format is better suited to student research.-Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313316159
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2003
  • Series: American Popular Culture Through History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 294
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Oxoby received his BA from San Jose State University and now lives in Reno, Nevada, where he is a doctoral candidate in the University of Nevada, Reno English Department. He has worked as a disc jockey and as the editor of the small-press literary journal CRiME CLUb. He currently teaches English and Humanities classes at UNR. A regular contributor to the scholarly journal _Film and History_, he has also written for several other periodicals, as well as for _The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture_ and _The International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers_.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Timeline of the 1990s
Pt. 1 Life and Youth during the 1990s 1
Ch. 1 Everyday America 3
Ch. 2 World of Youth 25
Pt. 2 Popular Culture of the 1990s 45
Ch. 3 Advertising 47
Ch. 4 Architecture 63
Ch. 5 Fads, Games, Toys, Hobbies, and Sports 77
Ch. 6 Fashion 103
Ch. 7 Food 123
Ch. 8 Literature 141
Ch. 9 Music 161
Ch. 10 Performing Arts 179
Ch. 11 Travel 203
Ch. 12 Visual Arts 221
Cost of Products in the 1990s 237
Notes 239
Further Reading 251
Index 259
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