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Playboys in paradise : masculin - Bill Osgerby

Playboys in paradise


Paperback Published: 1st December 2001
ISBN: 9781859734537
Number Of Pages: 246

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Post-war America was an exciting time. It was an age characterized by backyard barbecues and beach parties, mai-tai cocktails and Ford Mustangs, high school hops, Hawaiian shirts and Hugh Hefner's Playboy empire. This book charts middle-class America's move towards an ethos of conspicuous consumption and sexual license during the fifties and sixties. Focusing on two of the period'smost visible icons -- the swinging bachelor and the vibrant teenager -- this book looks at the interconnected changes that took place for American youth culture and masculinity as consumption and leisure established themselves as the dominant features of middle-class life. The author draws on a wide variety of popular examples--men's magazines, fashion and style, books, film and music--to argue that the bachelor and the teenager were complementary and interrelated stereotypes that shaped America's youth. Magazines such as Esquire and Playboy, and bands like the Beach Boys, framed and shaped a new meaning of the young American male that contrasted sharply with previous values of sobriety and moderation. This book discusses the images and icons that shaped masculinity in particular. By focusing on the changes both in masculine identity and in the form and representation of youth culture, American life is looked at from a fresh and innovative perspective.

"Osgerby ... has written a provocative account of the changing descriptions of masculinity in US culture from the late 19th century to the present." --Choice

List of Figuresp. vii
Preface and Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: Young Men of Action and Acquisitionp. 1
Notesp. 14
'this Side of Paradise': the Emergence of the Man of Stylep. 17
Notesp. 35
Lessons in 'the Art of Living': the 'playboy Ethic' Takes Shapep. 39
Notesp. 58
'people of Plenty': Constructions of Masculinity in the Promised Landp. 61
Notesp. 83
'the Old Ways Will Not Do': Youth, Consumption and Postwar Leisure-Stylep. 87
Notesp. 117
High-Living with the 'upbeat Generation': the Cultural Currency of Playboyp. 121
Notesp. 147
Bachelors in Paradise: Masculine Hedonism Comes of Agep. 149
Notesp. 176
'turn On. Tune In. Step Out': Counterculture, Nonconformity and the Masculine Consumerp. 179
Notesp. 196
Conclusion: Cultures of Narcissismp. 199
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9781859734537
ISBN-10: 1859734537
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 1st December 2001
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1