American culture in the 1970s by Will Kaufman

By Will Kaufman

The Nineteen Seventies used to be probably the most culturally vivid sessions in American heritage. This booklet discusses the dominant cultural different types of the Seventies - fiction and poetry; tv and drama; movie and visible tradition; renowned tune and elegance; public area and spectacle - and the decade's so much influential practitioners and texts: from Toni Morrison to All within the kinfolk, from Diane Arbus to Bruce Springsteen, from M.A.S.H. to Taxi motive force and from disco divas to Vietnam protesters. in accordance with those that examine the seventies the time of disco, polyester and narcissism, this publication rewrites the severe engagement with considered one of America's such a lot misunderstood many years

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26) As the Iranian revolution of 1979 was to prove, these interests would be increasingly and vigorously challenged. Said’s Orientalism is rightly credited with inaugurating postcolonial criticism. But, in its exposition of negotiations between knowledge, description and power, it also illuminates the workings of oppositional processes that were taking place in the United States well before its publication. Such progressive processes as feminist and gay/lesbian activism undoubtedly contributed to conservative backlash and to the nostalgia for a ‘stable’ social order at home.

8 In his extremely dark assessment of the 1970s, Philip Jenkins maintains: The year 1970 is an especially implausible candidate for marking the end of an era, because so much of the unrest of the 1960s was peaking in that year, while critical events we think of as characterizing sixties liberalism actually occurred afterward. 9 The concept of a ‘great shift’ underlies another significant reading of the 1970s, that of J. David Hoeveler Jr, who argues that the decade marked – or was marked by – the transition from modernism to postmodernism, what he calls ‘the postmodernist turn’: The recurrent motif in 1970s culture is the dismantling of inherited forms, descriptive norms, sharp and inclusive modes of categorization; instead, we have the blurring of distinctions, the mixing of forms, a discomfort with preciseness in signification and representation .

They were, in their own words, ‘both a very ordinary and a very special group, as women are everywhere’: Our ages range from twenty-five to forty-one, most of us are from middleclass backgrounds and have had at least some college education, and some of us have professional degrees. Some of us are married, some of us are separated, and some of us are single. 47 As the group encounter progressed, the women realised that they shared a ‘similar feeling of frustration and anger toward specific doctors and the medical maze in general’; they all ‘wanted to do something about those doctors who were condescending, paternalistic, judgmental and noninformative’.

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