No Direction Home: The American Family and the Fear of National Decline, 1968-1980 / Edition 1

No Direction Home: The American Family and the Fear of National Decline, 1968-1980 / Edition 1

by Natasha Zaretsky
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807857971

ISBN-13: 9780807857977

Pub. Date: 04/23/2007

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Between 1968 and 1980, fears about family deterioration and national decline were ubiquitous in American political culture. In No Direction Home, Natasha Zaretsky shows that these perceptions of decline profoundly shaped one another.

Throughout the 1970s, anxieties about the future of the nuclear family collided with anxieties about the direction of the

Overview

Between 1968 and 1980, fears about family deterioration and national decline were ubiquitous in American political culture. In No Direction Home, Natasha Zaretsky shows that these perceptions of decline profoundly shaped one another.

Throughout the 1970s, anxieties about the future of the nuclear family collided with anxieties about the direction of the United States in the wake of military defeat in Vietnam and in the midst of economic recession, Zaretsky explains. By exploring such themes as the controversy surrounding prisoners of war in Southeast Asia, the OPEC oil embargo of 1973-74, and debates about cultural narcissism, Zaretsky reveals that the 1970s marked a significant turning point in the history of American nationalism. After Vietnam, a wounded national identity—rooted in a collective sense of injury and fueled by images of family peril—exploded to the surface and helped set the stage for the Reagan Revolution. With an innovative analysis that integrates cultural, intellectual, and political history, No Direction Home explores the fears that not only shaped an earlier era but also have reverberated into our own time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807857977
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/23/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
587,078
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Introduction     1
Homeward Unbound: Prisoners of War, National Defeat, and the Crisis of Male Authority     25
Getting the House in Order: The Oil Embargo, Consumption, and the Limits of American Power     71
"The Great Male Cop-Out": Productivity Lag and the End of the Family Wage     105
The Spirit of '76: The Bicentennial and Cold War Revivalism     143
The World as a Mirror: Narcissism, "Malaise," and the Middle-Class Family     183
Conclusion: The Familial Roots of Republican Domination     223
Notes     247
Bibliography     287
Acknowledgments     305
Index     307

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