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Vance Packard & American social criticism, Daniel Horowitz

Label
Vance Packard & American social criticism
Title
Vance Packard & American social criticism
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Horowitz
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Vance Packard's number-one bestsellers - Hidden Persuaders (1957), Status Seekers (1959), and Waste Makers (1960) - taught the generation of Americans that came of age in the late 1950s and early 1960s about the dangers posed by advertising, social climbing, and planned obsolescence. Like Betty Friedan and William H. Whyte, Jr., Packard (1914- ) is a journalist who played an influential role as the largely complacent 1950s gave way to the tumultuous 1960s. He is also one of the first social critics to foster and to benefit from the newly energized social and political consciousness of this period. Raised on a Pennsylvania farm, shaped by the New Deal at home and the rise of fascism abroad, and trained as a journalist, Packard turned to writing nonfiction books when he faced unemployment in 1956. In addition to his three best-known early works, his later books explore many of the forces shaping America, including invasion of privacy, changing sexual mores, the uprooting of families, and the rise of the ultra rich in the Reagan era. The titles of Packard's most famous works have become a part of our everyday vocabulary. Based in part on interviews with Packard, Daniel Horowitz's intellectual biography focuses on the period during which Packard wrote his major works of social criticism. Horowitz also traces the influence of the writer's early family life and education on his thought. Packard's life illuminates the dilemmas of a freelance social critic without inherited wealth or academic affiliation: the tension between making a living and sustaining independence; the problems posed by a dramatically fluctuating royalty income; and the impact of changing relationships with audience, publishers, intellectuals, academics, and new media such as television and the New Journalism. Packard's career also expands our understanding of how one era helped create the next, underscoring how the adversarial 1960s drew on the mass culture of the previous decade
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1938-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Horowitz, Daniel
Dewey number
301/.092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HM22.U6
LC item number
P274 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Packard, Vance
  • Journalists
  • United States
  • Packard, Vance Oakley
  • Packard, Vance Oakley
  • Maatschappijkritiek
  • Sociologues
  • Journalistes
  • États-Unis
  • Gesellschaftskritik
  • USA
Label
Vance Packard & American social criticism, Daniel Horowitz
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title on half t.p.: Vance Packard and American social criticism
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-359) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Growing up absurd: From Granville Summit to State College, 1914-1932 -- 2. Starting out in the thirties: Penn State, 1932-1936 -- 3. White collar: Columbia graduate school of journalism, Boston Daily Record, and Associated Press, 1936-1942 -- 4. The man in the gray flannel suit: Darien, New Canaan and American Magazine, 1942-1956 -- 5. The medium is the message: American magazine, 1942-1956 -- 6. Making it: three best-sellers, 1957-1960 -- 7. Marginal man: the emergence of an American social critic
  • 8. The lonely crowd: readers respond to The Hidden Persuaders, The Status seekers, and The Waste makers -- 9. The crack in the picture window: the response of critics to the trilogy -- 10. A station wagon driver in the suburb: Moralism and its contradictions -- 11. Future shock, 1960-1968: The Pyramid climbers, The Naked society, and The Sexual wilderness -- 12. The cultural contradictions of capitalism, 1969-1984: A Nation of strangers, The People shapers, and Our Endangered children. -- 13. Barbarians at the gate, 1984-1989: The Ultra Rich
Control code
28889586
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 375 pages
Isbn
9780807821411
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
93035608
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1588937
  • (OCoLC)28889586
Label
Vance Packard & American social criticism, Daniel Horowitz
Publication
Note
Title on half t.p.: Vance Packard and American social criticism
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-359) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Growing up absurd: From Granville Summit to State College, 1914-1932 -- 2. Starting out in the thirties: Penn State, 1932-1936 -- 3. White collar: Columbia graduate school of journalism, Boston Daily Record, and Associated Press, 1936-1942 -- 4. The man in the gray flannel suit: Darien, New Canaan and American Magazine, 1942-1956 -- 5. The medium is the message: American magazine, 1942-1956 -- 6. Making it: three best-sellers, 1957-1960 -- 7. Marginal man: the emergence of an American social critic
  • 8. The lonely crowd: readers respond to The Hidden Persuaders, The Status seekers, and The Waste makers -- 9. The crack in the picture window: the response of critics to the trilogy -- 10. A station wagon driver in the suburb: Moralism and its contradictions -- 11. Future shock, 1960-1968: The Pyramid climbers, The Naked society, and The Sexual wilderness -- 12. The cultural contradictions of capitalism, 1969-1984: A Nation of strangers, The People shapers, and Our Endangered children. -- 13. Barbarians at the gate, 1984-1989: The Ultra Rich
Control code
28889586
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 375 pages
Isbn
9780807821411
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
93035608
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1588937
  • (OCoLC)28889586

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