The Resource Collateral damage : anti-communism & U.S. cultural policy, Donald Elwin Adams

Collateral damage : anti-communism & U.S. cultural policy, Donald Elwin Adams

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Collateral damage : anti-communism & U.S. cultural policy
Title
Collateral damage
Title remainder
anti-communism & U.S. cultural policy
Statement of responsibility
Donald Elwin Adams
Title variation
Anti-communism and U.S. cultural policy
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Language
eng
Summary
The United States of America has never formally declared a cultural policy nor established a Cabinet-level department of cultural affairs, as many other nations have in the post-World War II era--depriving the American people a foundation and context for transparent, open deliberation over the nature and priorities of public cultural policy. The values that constitute our de facto policy must be discerned through the aggregate of specialized policymaking and action taken by federal, state, and local governments. Our reluctance to declare formal policy is partly due to the nation's stance in conducting the Cold War--focused around an exaggerated Soviet threat--and its associated domestic anti-communist campaigning. In examining the historic record, "Collateral Damage" tells the story of anti-communism through much of the twentieth century, focusing on its cultural impact. The historical narrative follows from the first mass expression of anti-communist sentiment nationally, in the Red Scare of 1919, through its later expression in the "McCarthy era" of the Fifties, and its legacy since. Various approaches to cultural policy emerge throughout; but I focus especially on the contrasting federal cultural programs of the New Deal and those of domestic cultural agencies established in the 1960's. This story reveals how politicians and policymakers relied upon religious values were for Cold War purposes, rather than crafting secular statements of national cultural values. The study identifies six other significant impacts of anti-communism on U.S. cultural policy since the Sixties: the primacy of the private sector; Euro-centric bias in defining the cultural field; an approach to cultural diversity that marginalizes voices from outside traditional fine-arts contexts; a proscription against engagement with social issues in the arts and humanities; the replacement of democracy with "free enterprise" as the driving spirit in cultural policy; and a U.S. stance in international cultural-policy deliberations that tends to interpret transnational cultural issues in terms of commerce and national security. The study concludes with a suggestion of what a secular statement of national cultural policy might resemble, using First Lady Michelle Obama's address to the Democratic National Convention in 2012 as an example
Cataloging source
UMK
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1953-
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Adams, Donald Elwin
Degree
M.A.
Dissertation note
(Department of Political Science).
Dissertation year
2014.
Granting institution
University of Missouri-Kansas City,
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
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1933-
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Skidmore, Max J.
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  • Anti-communist movements
  • Politics and culture
  • Cold War
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Collateral damage : anti-communism & U.S. cultural policy, Donald Elwin Adams
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "A thesis in Political Science."
  • Advisor: Max J. Skidmore
  • Vita
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-406)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Cultural policy: bringing culture in -- The birth of American communism -- The red scare of 1919: "No Compromise!" -- Entr'acte: cultural policy in the roaring twenties -- A New deal in federal cultural policy -- Entr'acte: World War II & the postwar order -- Domestic anti-communism in postwar America -- Globalizing anti-communism -- Domesticating cultural policy -- Conclusion: Healing our collateral damage
Control code
909589517
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (407 pages)
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one file format
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online
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mixed
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computer
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rdamedia.
Media type code
c
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not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)909589517
System details
  • The full text of the thesis is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Collateral damage : anti-communism & U.S. cultural policy, Donald Elwin Adams
Publication
Note
  • "A thesis in Political Science."
  • Advisor: Max J. Skidmore
  • Vita
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-406)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Cultural policy: bringing culture in -- The birth of American communism -- The red scare of 1919: "No Compromise!" -- Entr'acte: cultural policy in the roaring twenties -- A New deal in federal cultural policy -- Entr'acte: World War II & the postwar order -- Domestic anti-communism in postwar America -- Globalizing anti-communism -- Domesticating cultural policy -- Conclusion: Healing our collateral damage
Control code
909589517
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (407 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Level of compression
mixed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)909589517
System details
  • The full text of the thesis is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web

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