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Between 1968 and 1980, fears about family deterioration and national decline were ubiquitous in American political culture. In ###No Direction Home#, Natasha Zaretsky shows that these perceptions of decline profoundly shaped one another. Throughout the 1970s, anxieties about the future of the nuclear family collided with anxieties about the direction of the United States in the wake of military defeat in Vietnam and in the midst of economic recession, Zaretsky explains. By exploring such themes as the controversy surrounding prisoners of war in Southeast Asia, the OPEC oil embargo of 1973@-74, and debates about cultural narcissism, Zaretsky reveals that the 1970s marked a significant turning point in the history of American nationalism. After Vietnam, a wounded national identity--rooted in a collective sense of injury and fueled by images of family peril--exploded to the surface and helped set the stage for the Reagan Revolution. With an innovative analysis that integrates cultural, intellectual, and political history, ###No Direction Home# explores the fears that not only shaped an earlier era but also have reverberated into our own time. Zaretsky demonstrates how, in the 1970s, anxieties about the future of the traditional nuclear family coincided with anxieties about the direction of the United States in the wake of military defeat in Vietnam and in the midst of economic recession and diminishing energy resources. Chapters examine the topics of American MIAs & POWs in Southeast Asia, the OPEC oil embargo, debates about a “productivity lag” in the steel and auto industries, the 1976 bicentennial celebration, and discussions of narcissism at the end of the decade. She argues that the 1970s represent a significant turning point in American nationalism: after Vietnam there emerged an American nationalism rooted in a collective sense of injury and fueled by images of family peril which ultimately helped set the stage for the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s. Throughout the 1970s, anxieties about diminishing paternal authority and the future of the nuclear family collided with anxieties about the direction of the United States in the wake of military defeat in Vietnam and in the midst of economic recession, Zaretsky explains. After Vietnam, a wounded national identity--rooted in a collective sense of injury and fueled by images of family peril--exploded to the surface and helped set the stage for the Reagan Revolution. With an innovative analysis that integrates cultural, intellectual, and political history, Zaretsky explores the fears that not only shaped an earlier era but also have reverberated into our own time. Between 1968 and 1980, fears about family deterioration and national decline were ubiquitous in American political culture. In ###No Direction Home#, Natasha Zaretsky shows that these perceptions of decline profoundly shaped one another. Throughout the 1970s, anxieties about the future of the nuclear family collided with anxieties about the direction of the United States in the wake of military defeat in Vietnam and in the midst of economic recession, Zaretsky explains. By exploring such themes as the controversy surrounding prisoners of war in Southeast Asia, the OPEC oil embargo of 1973–74, and debates about cultural narcissism, Zaretsky reveals that the 1970s marked a significant turning point in the history of American nationalism. After Vietnam, a wounded national identity--rooted in a collective sense of injury and fueled by images of family peril--exploded to the surface and helped set the stage for the Reagan Revolution. With an innovative analysis that integrates cultural, intellectual, and political history, ###No Direction Home# explores the fears that not only shaped an earlier era but also have reverberated into our own time.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-9
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 1. Homeward Unbound: Prisoners of War, National Defeat, and the Crisis of Male Authority
  2. pp. 25-70
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  1. 2. Getting the House in Order: The Oil Embargo, Consumption, and the Limits of American Power
  2. pp. 71-104
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  1. 3. “The Great Male Cop-Out”: Productivity Lag and the End of the Family Wage
  2. pp. 105-142
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  1. 4. The Spirit of ’76: The Bicentennial and Cold War Revivalism
  2. pp. 143-182
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  1. 5. The World as a Mirror: Narcissism, “Malaise,” and the Middle-Class Family
  2. pp. 183-222
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  1. Conclusion: The Familial Roots of Republican Domination
  2. pp. 223-246
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 247-286
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 287-304
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 305-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-320
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