Eighties people : new lives in the American imagination / Kevin L. Ferguson.

"Through an examination of 1980s American cultural texts and media, Kevin L. Ferguson examines how new types of individuals were created in order to manage otherwise hidden cultural anxieties during the American 1980s. Exploring a variety of strategies for fashioning self-knowledge in the decad...

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Main Author: Ferguson, Kevin L., 1978- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
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505 0 |a Introduction: The Love Affair with Labels : New Subjects in the Eighties -- The Surrogate Mother : Sed mater certissima? -- The Crack Baby : Children Fight the War on Drugs -- The Person with AIDS : Graphic Humor and Graphic Illness -- The Yuppies and the Yuckies : Anxieties of Affluence -- The Brat Pack and its Mommy : Motherhood in the Age of Yuppiebacks -- Coda: The Ventriloquy of Childhood. 
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