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The World Turned Inside Out: American Thought and Culture at the End of the 20th Century

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ISBN-13: 978-0742535411
ISBN-10: 074253541X
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It says a great deal about how history will judge late-twentieth-century America when scholars can find the infantile musings of South Park cartoon characters equally as relevant as the intricate monetary theories of Keynesian economists or the geopolitical ramifications of globalization. From 1975 onward, the end of the twentieth century was as chaotic a time as our country has ever experienced. In the penultimate book in Lewis Perry and Howard Brick’s series on American Thought and Culture, Livingston interprets our modern experience through multifaceted lenses. Movies, music, and television measure class warfare and gender inequities as accurately as they do popular pastimes and creative verve. The military-industrial complex is likewise scrutinized in the wake of anonymous terrorism and preventive warfare; and the lines between Left and Right, liberal and conservative, are blurred in feminist thought, academic hierarchy, and religious practice. Throughout, Livingston presents a stunning display of scholarly discourse, drawing provocative conclusions about where America has been and where it might be going. --Carol Haggas

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Written in a sprightly, punchy, and thoroughly enjoyable style that wears its considerable learning lightly, The World Turned Inside Out presents a fair and scrupulous presentation of a panoply of contemporary thought from leading neoconservative thinkers to academic feminists and popular culture. (Ross Posnock, Columbia University)

At the heart of James Livingston's new book lies a powerful discovery of correspondence between the world imagined by radical academics and the world experienced in extreme reaches of popular culture, in horror and sci-fi films, and heavy metal rock music. One of the most gifted and original of his generation of American historians, Livingston is at ease parsing the discourses of political economy and cultural theory, and equally so in analyzing music and popular song. An argument on behalf of a number of surprising cases—the nation more liberal after Reagan than before?—the book impressively presents itself as a model of historical thinking and analysis. It's a brilliant piece of work. (Alan Trachtenberg, Yale University)

Livingston presents a stunning display of scholarly discourse, drawing provocative conclusions about where America has been and where it might be going. (Booklist)

How refreshing that a distinguished intellectual historian has chosen to emphasize popular culture! . . . Moving beyond the hackneyed arguments between 'sixtophobes' and 'sixtophiles,' the author argues cogently that what once had been a feminist slogan—the personal is the political—became the enduring legacy of the late-20th-century cultural revolution. Highly recommended.

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A major historian offers a scintillating analysis that will help all students of American literature think about why cartoons may prove the great art of our time. (Jonathan Arac, University of Pittsburgh)

If you pick up this book, you will not be bored. And you certainly will not stop arguing. (History News Network)

To people like myself who came of age during the sixties, the period that followed seemed like a gray epilogue to that colorful decade. But Jim Livingston's book, The World Turned Inside Out, has convinced me otherwise. It's one of the first things I have read that really makes sense of the cultural and political changes of the last forty years—and does so in a vivid, energetic prose. I recommend it to anyone interested in what we Americans are all about. (John B. Judis, senior editor, The New Republic)
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Product Details

  • Series: American Thought and Culture
  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074253541X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742535411
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,288,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Livingston's new book, "The World Turned Inside Out" is a remarkable achievement. Having read his earlier books, which from my view, were aimed at professional history scholars--with this book Livingston offers us something quite different. This book is written for any reasonably educated person interested in a broad view of where America finds itself at the end of the twentieth century. The scope, ambition, and sheer erudition of the book is an intellectual tour de force, covering music, movies, economics, and politics, in novel and surprising ways. Livingston deconstructs, reconstructs, and reinterprets: The Reagan revolution, supply side economics, race, class and gender, the postmodern condition, tenured radicals in the ivory tower, cartoons, movies, hip hop music, globalization, Islamic terrorism, and the current economic crisis. I expected, with such highly controversial topics, a dogmatic polemic, the kind that one finds so often in the radically polarized media we are served up day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. What I found in this book was an author as well versed in the scientific writings of Thomas Kuhn as he is in the hip hop lyrics of Public Enemy. This is a text that treats us to 360-degree views from the political right, as well as the political left, from highbrow to low. Where I expected the usual gloss on the "is" to "ought" problem that so plagues the writing in the social sciences, I found, not only our world turned inside out, but also how it is we got there in the first place. This is an insightful, funny, and thought provoking work, which, like a good novel, keeps its momentum from start to finish. Check it out, you won't regret it, it will keep you thinking, long after the book is done. Quite a read, indeed.
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The World Turned Inside Out is a stunning, cross-discipline analysis of American Thought and Culture at the End of the 20th Century. As a former (and current, one might say) student, I can personally attest to the immense learning and skill of Dr. Livingston as a historian, writer, and thinker. But the evidence is in the book which, as Ross Posnock says, "wears its considerable learning lightly." The author examines economics, politics, music, and foreign policy with equal skill in prose that is both clear and funny, composed with a larger audience in mind than is typical with other academic writing. No one will view American culture the same way after reading this book.

Chapter 1 investigates the sources and consequences of the "Reagan Revolution" - economic and political - and argues that socialism "still haunts the economic system of modern capitalism," through countless government agencies and a new, massive jobs program masquerading as the "volunteer army." Chapter 2 continues the conclusions of the previous chapter - the cultural shift of the nation further Left by 1990 - and examines how this war was fought on the boarders of the American classroom, namely our universities where "Tenured Radicals" issued their new brand of radical politics. In Chapter 3, the author parses the new ideas themselves in a staggering survey of the "Postmodern Condition," with readings of deconstructionists, feminists, and pragmatists. Chapters 4 and 5 show (in hilarious fashion) how the radical ideas of poststructuralists were not confined to lecture halls but spilled into mainstream culture and transformed our movies, music, and cartoons.
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To say this compares poorly with Rodgers is an understatement. The level of analysis present is so vapid as to be useless for the average reader, let alone someone trying to do serious research on the period.
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The book gives a riveting perspective on the changes of cultural values and mores. A great development. I recommend this book.
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