Imperial Brotherhood / Edition 1

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A groundbreaking analysis of how culture, class, and gender shaped American foreign policy during the Cold War
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Editorial Reviews

Women's Review of Books
Dean's shrewd analysis and solid scholarship offer a useful corrective to the belief that bellicosity is the only possible response when our nation feels threatened.
Emily S. Rosenberg
Dean's fascinating analysis dissects the code of masculinity that guided what he calls America's "imperial brotherhood." A thought-provoking case study of the inter-connections between gender ideology — especially masculinity and homophobia — and U.S. foreign policy, this is a book that bridges political, social, and cultural history.
Christian G. Appy
Imperial Brotherhood is at the cutting edge of scholarship on the cultural construction of foreign policy. Dean's profiles of key American policymakers greatly deepens our understanding of the origins of the Vietnam War. Written in lucid,lively,and jargon-free prose,the book is certain to appeal to a diverse audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558494145
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Analyzes how Culture, Class, and Gender
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 0.77 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Culture, Gender, and Foreign Policy Reason 1
I The Foreign Policy "Establishment" 10
II The Reproduction of Imperial Manhood 17
III Heroism, Bodies, and the Construction of Elite Masculinity 37
IV "Lavender Lads" and the Foreign Policy Establishment 63
V The Sexual Inquisition and the Imperial Brotherhood 97
VI Lavender-Baiting and the Persistence of the Sexual Inquisition 147
VII John F. Kennedy and the Domestic Politics of Foreign Policy 169
VIII Manhood, the Imperial Brotherhood, and the Vietnam War 201
Afterword 243
Notes 245
References 307
Index 323
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