The Resource A Cold War state of mind : brainwashing and postwar American society, Matthew W. Dunne

A Cold War state of mind : brainwashing and postwar American society, Matthew W. Dunne

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A Cold War state of mind : brainwashing and postwar American society
Title
A Cold War state of mind
Title remainder
brainwashing and postwar American society
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Matthew W. Dunne
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Language
eng
Summary
"First popularized during the 1950s, the concept of "brainwashing" is often viewed as an example of Cold War paranoia, an amusing relic of a bygone era. Yet as Matthew W. Dunne shows in this study, over time brainwashing came to connote much more than a sinister form of Communist mind control, taking on broader cultural and political meanings. Moving beyond well-known debates over Korean War POWs and iconic cultural texts like The Manchurian Candidate, Dunne explores the impact of the idea of brainwashing on popular concerns about freedom, individualism, loyalty, and trust in authority. By the late 1950s the concept had been appropriated into critiques of various aspects of American life such as an insistence on conformity, the alleged "softening" of American men, and rampant consumerism fueled by corporate advertising that used "hidden" or "subliminal" forms of persuasion. Because of these associations and growing anxieties about the potential misuse of psychology, concerns about brainwashing contributed to a new emphasis on individuality and skepticism toward authority in the 1960s. The notion even played an unusual role in the 1968 presidential race, when Republican frontrunner George Romney's claim that he had been "brainwashed" about the Vietnam War by the Johnson administration effectively destroyed his campaign. In addition to analyzing the evolving meaning of brainwashing over an extended period of time, A Cold War State of Mind explores the class and gender implications of the idea, such as the assumption that working-class POWs were more susceptible to mind control and that women were more easily taken in by the manipulations of advertisers." -- Publisher's website
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1980-
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Dunne, Matthew W.
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.12
LC item number
.D859 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Culture, politics, and the Cold War
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  • Politics and culture
  • Cold War
  • Brainwashing
  • Cold War
  • Popular culture
  • Ost-West-Konflikt
  • Gehirnwäsche
  • United States
  • USA
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A Cold War state of mind : brainwashing and postwar American society, Matthew W. Dunne
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-269) and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"There is no 'behind the lines' any longer." -- The origins of brainwashing -- The many faces of the communist enemy -- Korean War POWs and a reevaluation of the national character -- Motherhood and male autonomy during the Cold War -- "A disquieting invasion of our mental domain." -- Hidden persuaders on the home front -- The limits of individuality in postwar America -- The legacy of brain warfare
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 281 pages
Isbn
9781625340412
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013031732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)844729421
  • (OCoLC)ocn844729421
Label
A Cold War state of mind : brainwashing and postwar American society, Matthew W. Dunne
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-269) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"There is no 'behind the lines' any longer." -- The origins of brainwashing -- The many faces of the communist enemy -- Korean War POWs and a reevaluation of the national character -- Motherhood and male autonomy during the Cold War -- "A disquieting invasion of our mental domain." -- Hidden persuaders on the home front -- The limits of individuality in postwar America -- The legacy of brain warfare
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 281 pages
Isbn
9781625340412
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013031732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)844729421
  • (OCoLC)ocn844729421

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