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Out of the Fifties

Eugene Halton

in The Great Brain Suck

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226314655
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226314679 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226314679.003.0002
Out of the Fifties

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This chapter discusses how the 1950s were a time of fundamental transformations in American society, a time when the United States went fully megatechnic. Since the Second World War America has been problematically guided by a power-oriented culture, which, in the names of national security and convenience, has tended to reshape America toward an increasingly hierarchical model of society based on the system requirements of a machine. Although this same era gave birth to a generalized economic prosperity in the United States, to the civil rights movement, to feminism, and to other openings of public equality, the magnification of bureaucratic-corporate structures in that postwar, cold war prosperity has ultimately tended to restructure America against the basic requirements of democratic community.

Keywords: 1950s; American society; United States; economic prosperity; power-oriented culture; democratic community

Chapter.  10683 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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