American Cool: Constructing a Twentieth-Century Emotional Style / Edition 1

American Cool: Constructing a Twentieth-Century Emotional Style / Edition 1

by Peter N. Stearns
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814779964

ISBN-13: 9780814779965

Pub. Date: 04/01/1994

Publisher: New York University Press

Cool. The concept has distinctly American qualities and it permeates almost every aspect of contemporary American culture. From Kool cigarettes and the Peanuts cartoon's Joe Cool to West Side Story (Keep cool, boy.) and urban slang (Be cool. Chill out.), the idea of cool, in its many manifestations, has seized a central place in our vocabulary.

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Overview

Cool. The concept has distinctly American qualities and it permeates almost every aspect of contemporary American culture. From Kool cigarettes and the Peanuts cartoon's Joe Cool to West Side Story (Keep cool, boy.) and urban slang (Be cool. Chill out.), the idea of cool, in its many manifestations, has seized a central place in our vocabulary.

Where did this preoccupation with cool come from? How was Victorian culture, seemingly so ensconced, replaced with the current emotional status quo? From whence came American Cool?

These are the questions Peter Stearns seeks to answer in this timely and engaging volume.

American Cool focuses extensively on the transition decades, from the erosion of Victorianism in the 1920s to the solidification of a cool culture in the 1960s. Beyond describing the characteristics of the new directions and how they altered or amended earlier standards, the book seeks to explain why the change occured. It then assesses some of the outcomes and longer-range consequences of this transformation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814779965
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Series:
The History of Emotions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2The Victorian Style16
3Evaluating the Victorian Emotional Style: Causes and Consequences58
4From Vigor to Ventilation: A New Approach to Negative Emotions95
5Dampening the Passions: Guilt, Grief, and Love139
6Reprise: The New Principles of Emotional Management183
7"Impersonal, but Friendly": Causes of the New Emotional Style193
8The Impact of the New Standards: Controlling Intensity in Real Life229
9The Need for Outlets: Reshaping American Leisure264
10Pre-Conclusion: Prospects? Progress?285
11Conclusion: A Cautious Culture300
Notes311
Index361

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