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The Origins of Cool in Postwar America

Offered by The University of Chicago Press Books

 

 

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Cool. It was a new word and a new way to be, and in a single generation, it became the supreme compliment of American culture. The Origins of Cool in Postwar America uncovers the hidden history of this concept and its new set of codes that came to define a global attitude and style. As Joel Dinerstein reveals in this dynamic book, cool began as a stylish defiance of racism, a challenge to suppressed sexuality, a philosophy of individual rebellion, and a youthful search for social change.

352 pages, 40 halftones, 6 x 9, © 2017
Cloth  Price: $40.00
ISBN: 9780226152653
Will Publish May 2017