Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era
A revised edition of the classic, myth-shattering exploration of American family life during the Cold War.
When Homeward Bound first appeared in 1988, it forever changed how we understand Cold War America. Elaine Tyler May demonstrated that the Atomic Age and the Cold War shaped American life not just in national politics, but at every level of society, from the boardroom to the bedroom. Her notion of "domestic containment" is now the standard interpretation of the era, and Homeward Bound has become a classic. This new edition includes an updated introduction and a new epilogue examining the legacy of Cold War obsessions with personal and family security in the present day.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mingsj - LibraryThing
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
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May (history, Minnesota) seeks to reconcile two prevailing but contradictory images of the 1950s: the notion of domestic tranquility and happiness amidst the fears and tensions of the Cold War. She ... Read full review
COLD WAR WARM HEARTH 19
HARD TIMES AT HOME 39
FANNING THE HOME FIRES 58
SEX WOMEN AND THE BOMB 89
SEXUAL CONTAINMENT ON THEHOME FRONT 109
THE REPRODUCTIVE CONSENSUS 129
CONSUMERISM AND THE MODERN HOME 153