Ideology, Culture, and the Cold War

Naoko Shibusawa

in The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199236961
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191750328 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Ideology, Culture, and the Cold War

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This chapter examines the issues of culture and ideology during the Cold War. It discusses the ongoing process of reproducing hegemonic knowledge and shows how modernity inflected Cold War policies, and continues to do so in our contemporary moment. The chapter contends that the staying power of ideologies is derived from their personification into binary, anthropomorphic figures, and that this is how an entire country could be depicted and acted upon as if it were a singular, developing human being. It also considers the issues concerning readiness for self-rule and the development of American exceptionalism.

Keywords: culture; ideology; Cold War; hegemonic knowledge; anthropomorphic figures; self-rule; American exceptionalism

Article.  8565 words. 

Subjects: Cold War ; Social and Cultural History

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