Altered States: America Since the Sixties (Reaktion Books - by Jeremy Black

By Jeremy Black

Pink states as opposed to blue states. Metro as opposed to unfashionable. North or South, East or West. Pundits, politicians, and social scientists like to carve out different types in an try to make feel of political and social divisions that run throughout the American panorama. because the domestic of approximately three hundred million humans unfold over nearly 3.7 million sq. miles of earth, the U.S. poses a enormous problem to all who try and grapple with its wealthy and immensely complicated actual and social geography. Acclaimed British historian Jeremy Black tackles this problem via a literal and metaphorical highway journey throughout America’s actual and ancient landscapes, reading the ways in which occasions in American background and tradition for the reason that 1960 have remade the geography and demographics of America. Black works from the startling premise that the us is a continent pretending to be a rustic. He examines the cultural clashes—and the stressful harmony—between the varied neighborhood cultures uneasily contained in the usa’ extensive bounds. Suburban sprawl, the triumph of consumerism, the warfare over future health care, immigration, and Christian evangelicalism all play an element in those pages, as Black unravels the tangled net of yankee existence up to now forty-five years. He locates such tensions within the tug-of-war among the unitary and divisive pressures that experience continuously outlined the nature of yank executive, and within the alternating upward thrust and fall of individualism and conformity in American society as well.  Black additionally has a few telling new reflections on America’s function out of the country, from Nixon’s Vietnam to George W. Bush's Iraq.Drawing on travels from Virginia to California to Alaska, Black deftly unearths in Altered States the less-examined points of yank tradition as they're manifested in its varied peoples and landscapes from coast to coast. (20060301)

Show description

Read Online or Download Altered States: America Since the Sixties (Reaktion Books - Contemporary Worlds) PDF

Best deals in books books

Linux All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

I purchased such a lot of in recent years it's not easy to recollect which was once sluggish and which was once okay. i feel this one used to be okay

A Notorious Proposition (Avon Romantic Treasure)

From mattress companions . . . years in the past, whereas on task for the Crown, darkly good-looking Garrett Burke left woman Ivy Wentworth sound asleep bare in his mattress as he went looking for the lacking Martello diamonds. After apprehending the dastardly thief, he meant to spend the remainder of his lifestyles within the hands of the auburn-haired good looks.

Exploring Classroom Discourse: Language in Action (Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics)

Routledge Introductions to utilized Linguistics includes introductory point textbooks overlaying the center subject matters in utilized Linguistics, designed for these coming into postgraduate experiences and language execs returning to educational examine. The books take an leading edge "practice to idea" technique, with a ‘back to entrance’ constitution which takes the reader from actual lifestyles difficulties and matters within the box, then enters right into a dialogue of intervention and the way to have interaction with those issues.

The World of Model Ships and Boats

This booklet is set the area version send and Boats which explores the intriguring topic of miniature water craft. The ebook is full of info of genuine ships and their types and the lads who made them.

Additional resources for Altered States: America Since the Sixties (Reaktion Books - Contemporary Worlds)

Example text

This, however, proved a nebulous concept. It was difficult to define and enforce, and was also contested by local communities anxious for jobs, companies keen to maximize revenues, and state and federal governments determined on development. The George W. Bush administrations proved particularly reluctant to heed domestic and international pressure about energy conservation. In 1997 concern about global warming had led to the Kyoto Protocol, under which the major industrialized states agreed to reduce, by the years 2008–12, their emissions of the greenhouse gases held responsible for global warming to an average of about 5 per cent below their level in 1990.

Furthermore, in place of factories, or mines, that had large labour forces, most modern American industrial concerns are capitalintensive and employ less labour. They are located away from the central areas of cities, on flat and relatively open sites with good road links. There was a comparable shift in docks, away from city anchorages, for example in New York and San Francisco, to large, new, ‘greenfield’ container ports that employed far less labour – and were far from the trade-union problems of established docks.

Chicken rubbish contains high levels of phosphorus, which cause problems in water supplies. 30 altered states In agriculture, the emphasis on costs and profits, not least the yield of meat per acre, led to a relative move away from beef cattle (of which the usa, nevertheless, remained the world’s largest producer), which were generally fed on pasture and which were part of the American image. Instead, there was a greater emphasis on animals that could be fed more intensively from feedlots throughout the year, especially pigs and chickens.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.44 of 5 – based on 38 votes