American Social Classes in the 1950s: Selections from Vance Packard's the Status Seekers / Edition 1

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Boston, MA, U.S.A. 1995 Trade Paperback New 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. Trade PB, new, 215 pp. Editor Horowitz is professor of American studies and history at Smith College. ... Reviewer: "I am delighted to see Vance Packard's work available in this new abridged format. The Status Seekers can be used very effectively in a variety of courses including those focused on postwar America, American popular culture, gender and family, and consumerism. It is a classic. " Elaine Tyler May, University of Minnesota. Read more Show Less

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Overview

This abridged edition of Vance Packard's 1959 The Status Seekers presents a picture of American society in the late 1950s that allows students to develop a more accurate and complex understanding of an often-caricatured era. Daniel Horowitz's introduction provides historical context, an assssment of the book's impact, and a discussion of its critical reception.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312111809
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Horowitz is professor of American studies and history at Smith College. His scholarly work focuses on the cultural, social, and intellectual history of the United States. He is the author of The Morality of Spending: Attitudes toward the Consumer Society in America, 1875-1940, which was selected by Choice Magazine as one of the outstanding academic books of 1984. His most recent book, Vance Packard and American Social Criticism (1994), examines the life and impact of one of the nation's most widely read nonfiction writers of the postwar period.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface

PART I. INTRODUCTION: SOCIAL CRITICISM IN AN AGE OF CONFORMITY AND ANXIETY

PART II. THE DOCUMENT
The Status Seekers

APPENDICES

The Status Seekers in Cartoons
The United States and Vance Packard from the 1940s to the 1960s: A Chronology of Political Events, Consumer Culture, and Social Criticism
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography

Index

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