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New Left, New Right, and the Legacy of the Sixties by Paul Lyons
  

New Left, New Right, and the Legacy of the Sixties

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New Left, New Right, and the Legacy of the Sixties by Paul Lyons

Paul Lyons closely examines two equally important movements of the early sixties, the New Left and the New Right, both sides equally critical of existing society and both utopian in their visions, and describes the ways in which the historical reality of the sixties has been dramatically distorted by popular political and social images. New Left, New Right, and the Legacy of the Sixties points to the oversimplification of this generation - not only were there those who served and those who protested, but those who did neither, 'the silent majority', a group often overlooked but deeply affected. Examining the careers of such conservative figures as William F. Buckley, Jr., Barry Goldwater, and David Keene, Lyons demonstrates that while the New Left was rallying in the streets, the New Right was building a platform of its own, one that would enable the movement to take center stage by the eighties with the election of Ronald Reagan. This book also points to other fallacies like the exaggerated rightward turn that occurred as the sixties receded, and the misuse of the term 'yuppie'. Lyons examines this term and explains that while it originally defined a group of young, upwardly mobile professionals in relationship to electoral politics, it became a word used to describe patterns of consumption and lifestyle. The author asserts that the road to understanding this term's significance also reveals the ways in which social issues have permeated our political culture. Lyons concludes that despite all of the progress initiated by the political momentum of the sixties, we as Americans are still plagued by debates about issues like multiculturalism, Afrocentrism, and affirmative action, and in order to effectively address these issues today, we must acknowledge and accept the contributions made by both movements. Author note: Paul Lyons is professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division at Stockton College, Pamona, New Jersey.

Reviews

Paul Lyons is one of the most sensible writers dealing with that most unsensible of subjects: the legacy of the Sixties. Ethnographically acute, politically balanced, eloquently engaged, Lyons gets at the complexities of generational conflict in ways discomforting to ideologies of the Left and the Right. New Left, New Right, and the Legacy of the Sixties ought to be a book for the Nineties. --Alan Wolfe, Boston University


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Publication date

18th September 1996

Author

Paul Lyons

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Publisher

Temple University Press,U.S.

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Cultural studies

ISBN

9781566394789

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