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The rise of selfishness in America

Author: James Lincoln Collier
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
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In this book James Collier asks how did America get from a sociable code to which self-restraint was a cardinal virtue to one in which self gratitude is a central idea and normal. A vibrant, sweeping analysis of the roots of American self-indulgence. This ringing, provocative jeremiad cuts a path through a haze of self-indulgent thought and action in the me first society.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Collier, James Lincoln, 1928-
Rise of selfishness in America.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1991
(OCoLC)609778825
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Lincoln Collier
ISBN: 0195052773 9780195052770
OCLC Number: 22734024
Description: ix, 308 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The 18th-century debauch --
The Victorian reaction --
The rising city and the threat to the Victorian order --
The new class system --
The institutionalization of vice --
The Victorians fight back --
The new business of show business --
The mechanization of entertainment --
New thought, new art --
Hedonism victorious --
The death of Victorianism --
Hard times --
The surrender to the media --
The incredible post-war prosperity --
The triumph of selfishness --
The end of morality --
The institutionalization of selfishness --
The media over all --
The consequences of selfishness.
Responsibility: James Lincoln Collier.
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In this book James Collier asks how did America get from a sociable code to which self-restraint was a cardinal virtue to one in which self gratitude is a central idea and normal. A vibrant, sweeping analysis of the roots of American self-indulgence. This ringing, provocative jeremiad cuts a path through a haze of self-indulgent thought and action in the me first society.

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