The High School Scene in the Fifties (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
144
Utgivningsdatum
1997-03-01
Förlag
Praeger Publishers Inc
Illustratör/Fotograf
index
Illustrationer
index
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
1 Hardback
ISBN
9780897894944
The High School Scene in the Fifties (inbunden)

The High School Scene in the Fifties

Voices from West L.A.

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Writer Kurt Vonnegut once said that high school is closer to the core of the American experience than anything else. Our high school reputations-as leaders or scapegoats, good girls or fast girls, popular athletes or feared delinquents-haunt Americans long into adulthood. The High School Scene in the Fifties: Voices from West L.A. offers a look at the high school clubs and social pecking order of postwar Los Angeles, when students' social lives were determined by male or female rites of passage, and Jewish or Gentile identities. Through interviews of adults attending primarily Jewish public schools, the author examines the school-mandated segregation of Jews and Gentiles in social clubs and the defiance of those students who tested the barriers. Reconstructing their former adolescent pecking order through informal narrative, both male and female, Jewish and Gentile school alumnae recall the Americanization process of their teenage years in the 1950s, and the often painful social hierarchies intended to direct them to their adult place. For women in particular, challenging the status quo by dating across accepted lines brought real risks. The accounts offer a fresh framework for understanding the American experience of gender and ethnic segregation-and the possibility of change, proven by young students who themselves pushed beyond conformity in the McCarthy years.
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"Consider Los Angeles' contributions: fast food, freeways, prime-time television, the automobile culture and suburbia itself. They all erupted here like nowhere else and got woven into a seamless universe. The new world. True enough, that new world amounted to a cultural horror show in many ways. Still, we remain its captives. Forty years gone, the '50s holds us in its grasp every day in every way. It's that cultural power of the '50s, I think, that gives a new book on L.A. its mesmerizing quality. The book, The High School Scene in the Fifties: Voices from West L.A. by Bonnie J. Morris, lets us see the emerging world--or parts of it--getting born like an infant star in a nebula."-Los Angeles Times ?Consider Los Angeles' contributions: fast food, freeways, prime-time television, the automobile culture and suburbia itself. They all erupted here like nowhere else and got woven into a seamless universe. The new world. True enough, that new world amounted to a cultural horror show in many ways. Still, we remain its captives. Forty years gone, the '50s holds us in its grasp every day in every way. It's that cultural power of the '50s, I think, that gives a new book on L.A. its mesmerizing quality. The book, The High School Scene in the Fifties: Voices from West L.A. by Bonnie J. Morris, lets us see the emerging world--or parts of it--getting born like an infant star in a nebula.?-Los Angeles Times

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BONNIE J. MORRIS is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at George Washington University.

Innehållsförteckning

Introduction: Contexts of Ethnicity, Gender, and Friendship The Interviews Roger Myra Pat Jennifer Bob and Helen The Intermarriage of Myra and Roger Sue Photographs and Club Documents Afterword Recommended Readings Index