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No Direction Home: The American Family and the Fear of National Decline, 1968-1980

Natasha Zaretsky


Between 1968 and 1980, fears about family deterioration and national decline were ubiquitous in American political culture. This book shows that these perceptions of decline profoundly shaped one another. Throughout the 1970s, anxieties about the future of the nuclear family collided with anxieties about the direction of the United States in the wake of military defeat in Vietnam and in the midst of economic recession. By exploring such themes as the controversy surrounding prisoners of war in Southeast Asia, the OPEC oil embargo of 1973–1974, and debates about cultural narcissism, the book re ... More

Keywords: nuclear family, United States, political culture, Vietnam, economic recession, oil embargo, cultural narcissism, nationalism, national identity, Reagan Revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780807830949
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807867808_zaretsky


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Natasha Zaretsky, author