Happy Days and Wonder Years: The Fifties and the Sixties in Contemporary Cultural Politics by Daniel MarcusHappy Days and Wonder Years: The Fifties and the Sixties in Contemporary Cultural Politics by Daniel Marcus

Happy Days and Wonder Years: The Fifties and the Sixties in Contemporary Cultural Politics

byDaniel Marcus

Paperback | May 15, 2004

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In the twenty-first century, why do we keep talking about the Fifties and the Sixties? The stark contrast between these decades, their concurrence with the childhood and youth of the baby boomers, and the emergence of television and rock and roll help to explain their symbolic power. In Happy Days and Wonder Years, Daniel Marcus reveals how interpretations of these decades have figured in the cultural politics of the United States since 1970.

From Ronald Reagan's image as a Fifties Cold Warrior to Bill Clinton's fandom for Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy, politicians have invoked the Fifties and the Sixties to connect to their public. Marcus shows how films, television, music, and memoirs have responded to the political nostalgia of today, and why our entertainment remains immersed in reruns, revivals, and references to earlier times. This book offers a new understanding of how politics and popular culture have influenced our notions of the past, and how events from long ago continue to shape our understanding of the present day.
Daniel Marcus is an assistant professor in the department of communication at Wayne State University. As a member of the Paper Tiger Television collective, he edited ROAR! The Paper Tiger Guide to Media Activism.
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Title:Happy Days and Wonder Years: The Fifties and the Sixties in Contemporary Cultural PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.72 inPublished:May 15, 2004Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813533910

ISBN - 13:9780813533919

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"This is a terrific and important book. The author weaves together popular cultural influences and politics in a masterly way. In so doing he has advanced the narrow view of cultural studies into the public realm with a bang."