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Homeward Bound: American Families In The Cold War Era
     

Homeward Bound: American Families In The Cold War Era

by Elaine Tyler May
 

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ISBN-10: 0465030556

ISBN-13: 9780465030552

Pub. Date: 02/28/1990

Publisher: Basic Books

In the 1950s, the term ”containment” referred to the foreign policy-driven containment of Communism and atomic proliferation. Yet in Homeward Bound May demonstrates that there was also a domestic version of containment where the ”sphere of influence” was the home. Within its walls, potentially dangerous social forces might be tamed,

Overview

In the 1950s, the term ”containment” referred to the foreign policy-driven containment of Communism and atomic proliferation. Yet in Homeward Bound May demonstrates that there was also a domestic version of containment where the ”sphere of influence” was the home. Within its walls, potentially dangerous social forces might be tamed, securing the fulfilling life to which postwar women and men aspired. Homeward Bound tells the story of domestic containment - how it emerged, how it affected the lives of those who tried to conform to it, and how it unraveled in the wake of the Vietnam era's assault on Cold War culture, when unwed mothers, feminists, and ”secular humanists” became the new ”enemy.” This revised and updated edition includes the latest information on race, the culture wars, and current cultural and political controversies of the post-Cold War era.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465030552
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/28/1990
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1340L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introductionix
1Containment at Home: Cold War, Warm Hearth10
2Depression: Hard Times at Home30
3War and Peace: Fanning the Home Fires49
4Explosive Issues: Sex, Women, and the Bomb80
5Brinkmanship: Sexual Containment on the Home Front100
6Baby Boom and Birth Control: The Reproductive Consensus119
7The Commodity Gap: Consumerism and the Modern Home143
8Hanging Together: For Better or for Worse163
9The End of Containment: The Baby Boom Comes of Age186
Postscript to the 1999 Edition205
Appendices209
Notes229
Index261

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