Please join us for the next meeting of the Modern Japanese History Workshop this coming THURSDAY, December 10, fromat Waseda University. Please note that we have changed up the room and day this time.
New in MiWSR --
A review of Sandra Scanlon,
The Pro-War Movement: Domestic Support for the Vietnam War and the Making of Modern American Conservatism,
by Eric R. Smith, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.
-- JPH, ed.
I would like to annouce the publication of my new book, The World of the John Birch Society: Conspiracy, Communism and the Cold War (Vanderbilt University Press), which I hope will be of interest. The book examines the John Birch Society during its first ten years, from 1958 to 1968.
The publisher's blurb is as follows:
Dear fellow Amsters,
I hope my new book The World of the John Birch Society: Conspiracy, Communism and the Cold War (Vanderbilt University Press) will be of interest to many of you. It examines the John Birch Society during its first ten years of existence, from 1958 to 1968, and engages with many of the major issues and controversies of the period, including the Kennedy assassination, the legacy of McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War.
History Dept., Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Thanks so much for posting it. I don't think I've ever enjoyed reading conservative commentators on sex as much.
I don't share your concern about conservative deployments of queer theory though. I think Hannon exposes the political problems and paradoxes of queer theory in a really useful way. I imagine the article could be very usefully deployed in undergraduate teaching!
Recently, scholars charting the ascendance of conservatism have begun looking at how battles concerning gender, sexuality, and the family played an important role in mobilizing national support. These studies have shifted attention away from the marketplace and electoral politics to the more intimate aspects of daily life. It is in this more intimate realm that differing perspectives immediately complicate what practices and beliefs bring about pleasure and pain, and the resulting political formations are sometimes unfamiliar.