Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era

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Basic Books, Sep 23, 2008 - History - 320 pages
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.
 

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First published in 1988, Homeward Bound is an important cultural study focusing on family and the baby boom phenomenon after WWII. May lays out gender relationships since the Depression and carefully ... Read full review

Contents

COLD WAR WARM HEARTH
19
HARD TIMES AT HOME
39
FANNING
58
SEX WOMEN
89
SEXUAL CONTAINMENT ON
109
CONSUMERISM AND
153
FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE
174
THE BABY BOOM COMES
198
THE AFTERMATH
217
Appendices
229
Notes
249
Index
289
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Elaine Tyler May is the Regents Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota. The award-winning author of five books and the former president of the American Studies Association, May lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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