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The anxieties of affluence : critiques of American consumer culture, 1939-1979

Author: Daniel Horowitz
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2004.
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"This book charts the reactions of prominent American writers to the unprecedented prosperity of the decades following World War II. It begins with an examination of Lewis Mumford's wartime call for "democratic" consumption and concludes with an analysis of the origins of President Jimmy Carter's "malaise" speech of 1979. Between these bookends, Daniel Horowitz documents a broad range of competing views, each in its  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Horowitz
ISBN: 1558494324 9781558494329 1558495045 9781558495043
OCLC Number: 52720717
Description: ix, 339 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Chastened consumption: World War II and the campaign for a democratic standard of living --
Celebratory émigrés: Ernest Dichter and George Katona --
A southerner in exile, the Cold War, and social order: David M. Potter's People of plenty --
Critique from within: John Kenneth Galbraith, Vance Packard, and Betty Friedan --
From the affluent society to the poverty of affluence, 1960-1962: Paul Goodman, Oscar Lewis, Michael Harrington, and Rachel Carson --
Consumer activism, 1965-1970: Ralph Nader, Martin Luther King Jr., and Paul R. Ehrlich --
The energy crisis and the quest to contain consumption: Daniel Bell, Christopher Lasch, and Robert Bellah --
Three intellectuals and a president: Jimmy Carter, "Energy and the crisis of confidence" --
The response to affluence at the end of the century.
Responsibility: Daniel Horowitz.
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