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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
Statement of responsibility
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 wide-ranging 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 about Korean War POWs and iconic cultural texts like 'The Manchurian Candidate', Dunne explores the impact of the myth of brainwashing on popular concerns about freedom, individualism, conformity, loyalty, and trust in authority during the 1960s and beyond. He also analyzes the class and gender implications of the idea, including 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 description
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DLC
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1980-
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Dunne, Matthew W.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Culture, politics, and the cold war
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  • Politics and culture
  • Cold War
  • Brainwashing
  • Cold War
  • United States
  • Popular culture
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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 (p. 237-269) and index
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part I. "There is no 'behind the lines' any longer." -- 1. The origins of brainwashing -- 2. The many faces of the communist enemy -- 3. Korean War POWs and a reevaluation of the national character -- 4. Motherhood and male autonomy during the Cold War -- Part II. "A disquieting invasion of our mental domain." -- 5. Hidden persuaders on the home front -- 6. The limits of individuality in postwar America -- 7. The legacy of brain warfare -- Notes -- Index
Control code
ocn844729421
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 281 p.
Isbn
9781625340412
Lccn
2013031732
Other physical details
ill.
Ownership
  • Gift of Professor David Seed, 26/02/14.
  • Accession No.: G2014/2.
Label
A Cold War state of mind : brainwashing and postwar American society, Matthew W. Dunne
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-269) and index
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part I. "There is no 'behind the lines' any longer." -- 1. The origins of brainwashing -- 2. The many faces of the communist enemy -- 3. Korean War POWs and a reevaluation of the national character -- 4. Motherhood and male autonomy during the Cold War -- Part II. "A disquieting invasion of our mental domain." -- 5. Hidden persuaders on the home front -- 6. The limits of individuality in postwar America -- 7. The legacy of brain warfare -- Notes -- Index
Control code
ocn844729421
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 281 p.
Isbn
9781625340412
Lccn
2013031732
Other physical details
ill.
Ownership
  • Gift of Professor David Seed, 26/02/14.
  • Accession No.: G2014/2.

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