Homefront: A Military City and the American Twentieth Century

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Beacon Press, Nov 18, 2002 - Social Science - 317 pages
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A look at Fayetteville, North Carolina, home to Fort Bragg, that poses the question,?Are we all military dependents??

Fayetteville has earned the nicknames of Fatalville and Fayettenam. Unusual and not-sounusual features of the town include gross income inequalities, an extraordinarily high incidence of venereal disease, miles and miles of strip malls, and a history of racial violence. Through interviews with residents and historical research, Catherine Lutz immerses herself in the life of the town to discover how it has supported the military for over a century. From secret training operations that use civilians as mock enemies and allies to the satellite economy of the town, Lutz?s history of Fayetteville reveals the burdens that military preparedness creates for all of us.

?Any reader will find [Lutz?s] conclusions . . . provocative.
?Publishers Weekly

?Rich in storytelling, history, and political commentary, with implications far beyond Fayetteville.? ?Michael Sherry, author of In the Shadow of War

?In no small part, Homefront chronicles Fayetteville through the trials and triumphs of the downtrodden, the underdogs and the disfranchised.? ?Greg Barnes, Fayetteville Observer

?First rate.? ?Louis B. Cei, Richmond Times Dispatch

?Penetrating.? ?Ann Jarmusch, San Diego Union-Tribune

Catherine A. Lutz is professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the author of Unnatural Emotions and coauthor, with Jane L. Collins, of Reading National Geographic.
 

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HOMEFRONT: A Military City and the American Twentieth Century

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Anthropologist Lutz (Univ. of North Carolina) analyzes the effects of Fort Bragg on its host city, concluding that the US Army can cause plenty of damage domestically, as well as abroad.The fortunes ... Read full review

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Fabulous book that exposes the importance of underscoring the formation of U.S. militarization and all of its permeations in contemporary society.

Contents

Encampment Boosters Social Crisis and a Military Solution 19181938
11
Hostess to the Good War 19391947
45
Simulating War at Home Counterinsurgencies Foreign and Domestic 19481963
87
Carnival Carnage and Quakers The Vietnam War on Hay Street 19641973
131
Many Reserve Armies The Faces of Military Dependency 19742000
171
Military Restructuring Civilian Camouflage and Hot Peace 19892000
214
EPILOGUE
254
NOTES
259
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
306
INDEX
308
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Catherine A. Lutz is professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the author of Unnatural Emotions and coauthor, with Jane L. Collins, of Reading National Geographic. Lutz is winner of the Anthony Leeds Prize (2002) and of the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, Honorable Mention (2002).

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