274 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 17 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3291-9
Published: April 2017
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3290-2
Published: April 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3292-6
Published: March 2017
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Even as these cultural shifts eventually gave way to a backlash of political and economic conservatism, Kutulas shows that what critics perceive as the narcissism of the 1970s was actually the next logical step in a longer process of assimilating 1960s values like individuality and diversity into everyday life. Exploring such issues as feminism, sexuality, and race, Kutulas demonstrates how popular culture helped many Americans make sense of key transformations in U.S. economics, society, politics, and culture in the late twentieth century.
About the Author
Judy Kutulas is professor of history and American studies at Saint Olaf College.
For more information about Judy Kutulas, visit the Author Page.
“Well-researched [and] . . . accessible to more casual readers. [Kutulas’] explorations of 1970s TV are especially strong.”--Library Journal
“[A] comprehensive and illuminating reassessment of the 1970s.”--Journal of American Culture
“This book, composed of six beautifully crafted essays, offers fascinating reflections on how the popular culture of the 1970s—songwriting, television, film, fashion, and journalism—helped normalize radical values at the heart of the political and social movements of the 1960s, values that included individual agency, sexual freedom, racial equality, and gender diversity.”--Journal of Southern History
“Kutulas’s lively essays are rooted in anecdote and are free of jargon, making this book an ideal text for both undergraduate students and general readers.”--Journal of Southern History
"In this deeply ambitious and fascinating history, Judy Kutulas reveals how the 'Aquarian' promise of the 1960s was extended, revised, and integrated into 1970s popular culture and reflected in the lives of 'everyday' Americans. This book should stand as a major work (even the major work) on the cultural history of the 1970s."--Jeremy Varon, The New School
“Lively and entertaining, this cultural history traces the consequences of the sixties into the seventies, explaining--as well as any I’ve read--how sixties cultural norms were altered, but not completely transformed, by the politics, economics, and demography of the following decade. Full of examples and stories that will be familiar to many, this book is a pleasure to read.”--Edward Berkowitz, George Washington University