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The 1980s : a critical and transitional decade

Author: Kimberly R Moffitt; Duncan A Campbell
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, ©2011.
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As we approach twenty years since the end of the 1980s, we have the opportunity to see the decade in perspective, and are in a position to question the glib assumption that the 1980s were a mere conservative foil to the 1960s. This book places its topics within the context of a decade described as both critical and transitional because the 1980s, in many respects, marked the end of one era and the beginning of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
1980s.
Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, ©2011
(OCoLC)749021611
Named Person: Ronald Reagan; Ronald Reagan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kimberly R Moffitt; Duncan A Campbell
ISBN: 9780739143131 0739143131 9780739143148 073914314X
OCLC Number: 670479210
Description: x, 502 pages, [5] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the 80s as a decade / Kimberly R. Moffitt and Duncan A. Campbell --
Ronald W. Reagan : redefining the presidency / Jeffery B. Cook --
Reagan revives FBI spying / Ivan Greenberg --
The "real" right turn : the Reagan Supreme Court / Scott A. Merriman --
Privatizing the Leviathan state : a "Reaganomic" legacy / Robert P. Weiss --
"Airlines? Lousy unions" : airline workers in the era of deregulation and hostile takeover / Jana K. Lipman --
Triumph of "the Gipper" and the Democratic Party malaise in the 1980s / Thomas F. Schaller --
The Christian right's traditionalist jeremiad : piety and politics in the age of Reagan / Andrew R. Murphy --
New right, new history, common ground : populism and the past / Jessie Swigger --
An army of one in 1:18 scale : the profit of patriotism in G.I. Joe / Demian Ryder --
"Fixing" the fifties : Alex P. Keaton and Marty McFly / Michael Dwyer --
How Broadway has cared : the AIDS epidemic and the Great White Way / Virginia Anderson. Counterpublic art and social practice / Philip Glahn --
Date rape and sexual politics / Caryn E. Neumann --
A culture in panic : day care abuse scandals and the vulnerability of children / N'Jai-An Patters --
What's class got to do with it? : facets of Tracy Chapman through song / Heather E. Harris --
Reading MTV: proliferation of United States culture in the age of globalization / Suzuko Morikawa --
The United States and apartheid / Paul M. Pressley --
The opening of China and the evolution of China-U.S. cross-cultural understanding / James Schnell --
U.S. foreign policy in Latin America on film : the case of Salvador / Kristin Sorensen --
Cold War crucible : the Berlin Wall and American exceptionalism / Kirk Tyvela --
Fear of a Black planet : Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, and Eddie Murphy and the globalization of Black masculinity / Reynaldo Anderson, Jason Thompson, and Nikita Harris --
Matter and Mammon : fiction in the age of Reagan / Alan Bilton --
Alternative for alternative's sake : progressive college radio's programming struggles / David Uskovich --
"Life in marvelous times" : commemorative narratives of the golden era in hip hop culture / James Braxton Peterson --
"Do we get to win this time?" : movies, mythology, and political culture in Reagan country / Stephen McVeigh.
Other Titles: Nineteen eighties
80s
Eighties
Responsibility: edited by Kimberly R. Moffitt and Duncan A. Campbell.

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As we approach twenty years since the end of the 1980s, we have the opportunity to see the decade in perspective, and are in a position to question the glib assumption that the 1980s were a mere conservative foil to the 1960s. This book places its topics within the context of a decade described as both critical and transitional because the 1980s, in many respects, marked the end of one era and the beginning of another. For example, the Regan presidency, the end of the Cold War, MTV, and the appearance of the personal computer all reflect a legacy of political, cultural, and social transformation in the United States and the world, and took place specifically within the 1980s. The function of this interdisciplinary volume is not to simply highlight the significant phenomena of the period, but rather demonstrate how so many apparently disparate events were, in fact, closely interrelated and also products of their age. This book is a holistic analysis of the decade that focuses on major turning points; developments in literature, art, entertainment, politics, and social experimentation.

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