9780521757225

The Permissive Society: America, 1941–1965

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521757225

  • ISBN10:

    0521757223

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-10
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Summary

In contrast to those who see the 1950s as essentially a conservative period, and who view the 1960s as a time of rapid moral change, The Permissive Society points to the emergence of a liberalizing impulse during the Truman and Eisenhower years. The book shows how, during the 1950s, a traditionalist moral framework was beginning to give way to a less authoritarian approach to moral issues as demonstrated by a more relaxed style of child-rearing, the rising status of women both inside and outside the home, the increasing reluctance of Americans to regard alcoholism as a sin, loosening sexual attitudes, the increasing influence of modern psychology, and, correspondingly, the declining influence of religion in the personal lives of most Americans.

Table of Contents

Introduction: rising expectations and the challenge from World War II
Psychology
Religion: ballrooms, bingo, blue laws and
Sex
Women: the rising status of women in the age of Eisenhower
The youth culture: rock 'n roll, blue jeans, and the myth of opposition
From original sin to self actualization
Epilogue: The social revolution of the 1970s: the social revolution of the late sixties and early seventies
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