Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era
Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era

Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era

by Jarrod Homer

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Overview

Elaine Tyler May’s 1988 Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era is a ground-breaking piece of historical and cultural analysis that uses its findings to build a strong argument for its author’s view of the course of modern US history. The aim of May’s study is to trace the links between Cold War politics and the domestic lives of everyday American families at the time. Historians have long noted the unique domestic trends of 1950s America, with its increased focus on the nuclear family, neatly divided traditional gender roles and aspirational, suburban consumer lifestyles. May’s contribution was to analyse the interplay between the domestic scene and the political ideologies of American government, and then to build a carefully-constructed argument that draws attention to the ways in which these seemingly disparate forces are in fact related.

May’s key achievement was to use her analytical skills to understand the relationships between these different factors. She traced ways in which domestic life and US foreign policy mirrored one another, showing that the structures and processes they aimed for, while different in scale, were essentially the same. She then carefully brought together different types of historical data, organizing her study to produce a carefully reasoned argument that the American suburban home was in certain direct ways the product of the ‘containment’ policies that ruled American foreign policy at the time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912128075
Publisher: Macat Library
Publication date: 07/20/2017
Series: Macat Library Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr Jarrod Homer took his PhD in Sociology at the University of Manchester, with research focusing on American Culture and Jewish artists of the mid-twentieth century.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the Text

Who was Elaine Tyler May?

What does Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era Say?

Why does Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era Matter?

Section 1: Influences

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context

Module 2: Academic Context

Module 3: The Problem

Module 4: The Author's Contribution

Section 2: Ideas

Module 5: Main Ideas

Module 6: Secondary Ideas

Module 7: Achievement

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work

Section 3: Impact

Module 9: The First Responses

Module 10: The Evolving Debate

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today

Module 12: Where Next?

Glossary of Terms

People Mentioned in the Text

Works Cited

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