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Diners, Bowling Alleys, And Trailer Parks: Chasing The American Dream In The Postwar Consumer Culture

Diners, Bowling Alleys, And Trailer Parks: Chasing The American Dream In The Postwar Consumer Culture

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The years immediately following the Second World War witnessed a dramatic transformation of America's working-class suburbs, driven by an unprecedented post-war prosperity and a burgeoning consumer culture. Chrome and neon were the new currency in this newly vital consumer culture, and no post-war consumer products trafficked more heavily in this currency than diners, bowling alleys, and trailer parks. Through these three distinctively American institutions, Andrew Hurley examines the struggle of Americans with modest means to attain the good life after two long decades of depression and war.He tells this story of the humble origins, explosive growth, and gradual, sad decline of the diner, bowling alley, and trailer park in expert fashion. This is cultural and social history that knows how to entertain.
The years immediately following the Second World War witnessed a dramatic transformation of America's working-class suburbs, driven by an unprecedented post-war prosperity and a burgeoning consumer culture. Chrome and neon were the new currency in this newly vital consumer culture, and no post-war consumer products trafficked more heavily in this currency than diners, bowling alleys, and trailer parks. Through these three distinctively American institutions, Andrew Hurley examines the struggle of Americans with modest means to attain the good life after two long decades of depression and war.He tells this story of the humble origins, explosive growth, and gradual, sad decline of the diner, bowling alley, and trailer park in expert fashion. This is cultural and social history that knows how to entertain.

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Publish date: Dec 15, 2008
Added to Scribd: Jun 11, 2014
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9780786743742
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This is a fascinating history of three" low-class" cultural phenomenon that went mainstream in the post-WWII era through a combination of improved technology and marketing. Eating at diners and bowling succeeded in becoming iconic American activities among the white middle class, while trailer parks are unable to shed their unsavory image. Hurley's description of the how and why of these cultural changes makes for a fascinating read.
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