Diners, Bowling Alleys, and Trailer Parks: Chasing the American Dream in Postwar Consumer Culture / Edition 1

Diners, Bowling Alleys, and Trailer Parks: Chasing the American Dream in Postwar Consumer Culture / Edition 1

by Andrew Hurley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0465031870

ISBN-13: 9780465031870

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Basic Books

The years immediately following the Second World War witnessed a dramatic transformation of America's working-class suburbs, driven by an unprecedented post-war prosperity and a burgeoning consumer culture. Chrome and neon were the new currency in this newly vital consumer culture, and no post-war consumer products trafficked more heavily in this currency than diners,

Overview

The years immediately following the Second World War witnessed a dramatic transformation of America's working-class suburbs, driven by an unprecedented post-war prosperity and a burgeoning consumer culture. Chrome and neon were the new currency in this newly vital consumer culture, and no post-war consumer products trafficked more heavily in this currency than diners, bowling alleys, and trailer parks. Through these three distinctively American institutions, Andrew Hurley examines the struggle of Americans with modest means to attain the good life after two long decades of depression and war. He tells this story of the humble origins, explosive growth, and gradual, sad decline of the diner, bowling alley, and trailer park in expert fashion. This is cultural and social history that knows how to entertain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465031870
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
409
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Creditsix
Prefacexiii
Introduction: Remaking the American Dream1
1Diners21
2Bowling Alleys107
3Trailer Parks195
Conclusion: Giving Chase273
Epilogue327
Notes337
Index391

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