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The baby boomers and postwar suburbia remain a touchstone. For many, there is a belief that it has never been as good for youngsters and their families, as it was in the postwar years. Boom Kids explores the triumphs and challenges of childhood and adolescence in Calgary’s postwar suburbs.

The boomers’ impact on fifties and sixties Canadian life is unchallenged; social and cultural changes were made to meet their needs and desires. While time has passed, this era stands still in time—viewed as an idyllic period when great hopes and relative prosperity went hand in hand for all.

Boom Kids is organized thematically, with chapters focusing on: suburban spaces; the Cold War and its impact on young people; ethnicity, “race,” and work; the importance of play and recreation; children’s bodies, health and sexuality; and "the night," resistances and delinquency. Reinforced throughout this manuscript is the fact that children and adolescents were not only affected by their suburban experiences, but that they influenced the adult world in which they lived.

Oral histories from former community members and archival materials, including school-based publications, form the backbone for a study that demonstrates that suburban life was diverse and filled with rich experiences for youngsters.

  • Rare postwar history with a focus on children, adolescents, and families. Challenges the notion that these were "idyllic times"
  • Will appeal to baby boomers and suburbanites
  • Shows like Mad Men, Back in Time for Dinner, and Pleasantville focus on this time period.
  • Focus on Calgary (Banff Trail case study) but can apply to western Canada and western US
  • Baby boomers continue to dominate a number of areas of discussion. Their experiences are often considered "default" childhood experiences
  • This means their stories remain popular, but this book provides material for comparison as well
  • Author builds on alternate histories of the suburbs that portray them as something more than dull, monochromatic and lacking difference. He portrays them as something much more than this, from the relatively unexplored views and voices of young people.
  • The mere mention of suburbs often elicits strong and often polarizing reactions from many people.
  • features oral history component, children's voices and school-based publications, combined with the thematic intersection between childhood and suburbia.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Cover
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    1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright
    2. pp. i-iv
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    1. Contents
    2. pp. v-vi
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    1. Acknowledgements
    2. pp. vii-viii
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    1. Introduction
    2. pp. 1-14
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    1. Chapter 1 Mapping Suburbia
    2. pp. 15-41
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    1. Chapter 2 Bombs, Boom, and the Classroom
    2. pp. 42-69
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    1. Chapter 3 Diversity Deficit and Working Days
    2. pp. 70-95
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    1. Chapter 4 The Serious Business of Play
    2. pp. 96-115
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    1. Chapter 5 Healthy Minds in Healthy Bodies
    2. pp. 116-148
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    1. Chapter 6 Things That Go Bump in the Night
    2. pp. 149-176
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    1. Conclusion
    2. pp. 177-184
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    1. Appendices
    2. pp. 185-188
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    1. Notes
    2. pp. 189-228
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    1. Bibliography
    2. pp. 229-240
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    1. Index
    2. pp. 241-250
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    Additional Information

    ISBN
    9781771125017
    Related ISBN(s)
    9781771124980, 9781771125000
    MARC Record
    OCLC
    1226404316
    Launched on MUSE
    2021-07-04
    Language
    English
    Open Access
    No

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