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Diners, Bowling Alleys, And Trailer Parks : Chasing The American Dream In The Postwar Consumer Culture - Andrew Hurley

Diners, Bowling Alleys, And Trailer Parks

Chasing The American Dream In The Postwar Consumer Culture

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Published: 1st February 2002
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The years immediately following the Second World War witnessed a dramatic transformation of America's working-class suburbs, driven by an unprecedented post-war prosperity and a burgeoning consumer culture. Chrome and neon were the new currency in this newly vital consumer culture, and no post-war consumer products trafficked more heavily in this currency than diners, bowling alleys, and trailer parks. Through these three distinctively American institutions, Andrew Hurley examines the struggle of Americans with modest means to attain the good life after two long decades of depression and war.He tells this story of the humble origins, explosive growth, and gradual, sad decline of the diner, bowling alley, and trailer park in expert fashion. This is cultural and social history that knows how to entertain.

List of Illustrations and Creditsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: Remaking the American Dreamp. 1
Dinersp. 21
Bowling Alleysp. 107
Trailer Parksp. 195
Conclusion: Giving Chasep. 273
Epiloguep. 327
Notesp. 337
Indexp. 391
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ISBN: 9780465031870
ISBN-10: 0465031870
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st February 2002
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 12.7 x 20.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1