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The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade (Paperback)
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Paperback 506 Pages / Published: 29/12/2010
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The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, edited by Kimberly R. Moffitt and Duncan A. Campbell, is a holistic analysis of the decade that focuses on major turning points and developments in literature, entertainment, politics, and social experimentation. This analysis ultimately presents the 1980s as a significant phenomenon in the American landscape. The 1980s is a groundbreaking and stand-alone introductory volume that is unapologetically interdisciplinary in nature and encourages students to explore topics of the decade often overlooked or grouped together with other, more memorable decades such as the 1920s or 1960s.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739143148
Number of pages: 506
Weight: 762 g
Dimensions: 231 x 156 x 36 mm


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The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade provides a reading of the American 1980s in the broadest possible terms, expanding our understanding of the decade across politics, sociology, and culture. Its multi-disciplinary approach offers new ways in which to conceptualize both America's relationship with itself and the nation's position in a rapidly globalizing world. The book is an excellent resource for thinking about how one writes the history of the recent past. -- Graham Thompson, University of Nottingham
The authors of this unusually varied collection of essays examining the 1980s include established academics and younger scholars in disciplines ranging from history and literature to film criticism and cultural studies. Ronald Reagan is a central figure, but he does not dominate the collection, which includes topics as diverse as date rape, MTV, GI Joe action figures, and college radio programming. Some essays approach conventional topics in unconventional ways. US policy in Latin America is explored through Oliver Stone's film Salvador, and African Americans are examined through hip-hop, policy on South African apartheid, and black masculinity (represented by Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, and Eddie Murphy). Film and music are at the core of several essays, and AIDS is investigated through its impact on Broadway theater. Reagan policies receive scrutiny in articles on FBI surveillance, privatization, anti-labor activities and deregulation, and Supreme Court appointments and decisions, and the conservative turn of US politics receives attention in several essays. Although quirky, this collection is satisfying. It challenges readers to look beyond conventional political retrospectives and explore the impact of cultural trends, alternative viewpoints, social problems, and the changing role of the US in the world. Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries. * CHOICE *

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