The “normal” 50s

Our discussion this morning made me think about a piece I wrote a couple of years ago about the idea of normality in American culture.  It strikes me that the very feeling of the “normal” that is central to Swados’s book–the boring job, driving the same car as everyone else, the tract house–is itself abnormal from our 21stC perspective of the “precariat” who lack stable jobs and the staggering inequality that divides the “one percent” (really the 0.1 %) from the rest.  Purely optional, but might be interesting to some.


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