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Containing America : Cultural Production and Consumption in Fifties America - Nathan Abrams

Containing America

Cultural Production and Consumption in Fifties America

Paperback Published: 19th December 2005
ISBN: 9781902459066
Number Of Pages: 200

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The postwar period in America witnessed a tremendous consumer boom that introduced thousands of new items into the mass market. The contributors to Containing America challenge our conceptions of Cold War culture by examining a range of such products - clothes, food, television, magazines, radio, and other forms of entertainment - in order to shed light on how Cold War discourses actually influenced the practices of ordinary behaviour. Their essays address very different sectors of American society - in terms of race, class, ethnicity, sexuality and gender - thus emphasising the multiplicity, diversity, and differing nature of the voices that emerged in cultural production and consumption during the 1950s. Containing America points out directions for further research and provides a fresh approach for scholars, students, and others interested in the culture of the Cold War of the 1950s.

Othering conformity in post-war America: intellectuals, the new middle classes nd the problem of cultural distinctions
'Don't fight it. You can't whip Mickey Mouse': Disneyland's America 1955-59
Beauty shops and bouffants: the political uses of beauty, style and domestic space
Zoot suit: breaking the Cold War's dress code
Mother's Old-Fashioned Gefilte Fish
'Not on his wavelength': experiments with radio
'Only one way to fight a toxin': the poison and progress of radioactivity in The Incredible Shrinking Man
Muscular manhood and salacious sleaze: the singular world of the 1950s macho pulps
Containing Batman: rereading Frederic Wertham and the comics of the 1950s
Romance and history: Anya Seton's The Winthrop Woman
Afterword - Considering cultures: how to make sense of our Cold War
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ISBN: 9781902459066
ISBN-10: 1902459067
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 19th December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 15.34  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1