Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles

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University of California Press, 2004 - History - 308 pages
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Los Angeles pulsed with economic vitality and demographic growth in the decades following World War II. This vividly detailed cultural history of L.A. from 1940 to 1970 traces the rise of a new suburban consciousness adopted by a generation of migrants who abandoned older American cities for Southern California's booming urban region. Eric Avila explores expressions of this new "white identity" in popular culture with provocative discussions of Hollywood and film noir, Dodger Stadium, Disneyland, and L.A.'s renowned freeways. These institutions not only mirrored this new culture of suburban whiteness and helped shape it, but also, as Avila argues, reveal the profound relationship between the increasingly fragmented urban landscape of Los Angeles and the rise of a new political outlook that rejected the tenets of New Deal liberalism and anticipated the emergence of the New Right.

Avila examines disparate manifestations of popular culture in architecture, art, music, and more to illustrate the unfolding urban dynamics of postwar Los Angeles. He also synthesizes important currents of new research in urban history, cultural studies, and critical race theory, weaving a textured narrative about the interplay of space, cultural representation, and identity amid the westward shift of capital and culture in postwar America.
  

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Review: Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles (American Crossroads #13)

User Review  - Kim Fay - Goodreads

In researching my new novel, I am trying to understand the racial dynamics in regard to the geography of Los Angeles. This book was an eye opener. It explains how the suburban spread of the mid-1900s ... Read full review

Review: Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles (American Crossroads #13)

User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

In "chocolate cities" and "vanilla suburbs," Avila studies the formation of LA race relations, in particular the formation of a white suburban identity in the post-war period, through popular culture ... Read full review

Contents

Chocolate Cities and Vanilla Suburbs Race Space and the New New Mass Culture of Postwar America
1
The Nations White Spot Racializing Postwar Los Angeles
20
The Spectacle of Urban Blight Hollywoods Rendition of a Black Los Angeles
65
A Rage for Order Disneyland and the Suburban Ideal
106
Suburbanizing the City Center The Dodgers Move West
145
The Sutured City Tales of Progress and Disaster in the Freeway Metropolis
185
The 1960s and Beyond
224
Notes
243
Selected Bibliography
281
Index
299
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Eric Avila is Assistant Professor of Chicano Studies and History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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