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Shaped by the state : toward a new political history of the twentieth century / edited by Brent Cebul, Lily Geismer, and Mason B. Williams.

Other author/creatorCebul, Brent, editor.
Other author/creatorGeismer, Lily, editor.
Other author/creatorWilliams, Mason B., editor.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019.
Descriptionviii, 396 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents Introduction. Beyond red and blue: crisis and continuity in twentieth-century U.S. political history / Brent Cebul, Lily Geismer, and Mason B. Williams -- Building Leviathan. Social insecurities: private data and public culture in modern America / Sarah E. Igo -- The strange career of American liberalism / N. D. B. Connolly -- "Really and truly a partnership": the New Deal's associational state and the making of postwar American politics / Brent Cebul and Mason B. Williams -- State building for a free market: the Great Depression and the rise of monetary orthodoxy / David M. P. Freund -- La revoluciĆ³n institucional: the rise and fall of the Mexican New Deal in the U.S.South, 1920-1990 / Julie M. Weise -- Crisis and continuity. The short end of both sticks: property assessments and black taxpayer disadvantage in urban America / Andrew W. Kahrl -- Clearing the air and counting costs: Shimp v. New Jersey Bell and the tragedy of workplace smoking / Sarah E. Milov -- Glocal America: the politics of scale in the 1970s / Suleiman Osman -- The government alone cannot do the total job: the possibilities and perils of religious organizations in public-private refugee care / Melissa May Borja -- A carceral empire: placing the political history of U.S. prisons and policing in the world / Stuart Schrader -- Fears of a nanny state: centering gender and family in the political history of regulation / Rachel Louise Moran -- Conclusions. The history of neoliberalism / Kim Phillips-Fein -- Propositions for the new political history / Matthew D. Lassiter.
Summary American political history has been built around narratives of crisis, in which what "counts" are the moments when seemingly stable political orders collapse and new ones rise from the ashes. No doubt the history of American politics is filled with such moments-the Great Depression and the New Deal; the rise of modern conservatism in the 1960s and '70s; and, most recently, the 2016 election of Donald Trump. But while crisis-centered frameworks can make sense of certain dimensions of political culture, partisan change, and governance, they also often steal attention from the production of categories like race, gender, and citizenship status that transcend the usual breakpoints in American history. Brent Cebul, Lily Geismer, and Mason B. Williams have brought together first-rate scholars from a wide range of subfields who are making structures of state power-not moments of crisis or partisan realignment-integral to their analyses. All of the contributors see political history as defined less by elite subjects than by tensions between state and economy, state and society, and state and subject-tensions that reveal continuities as much as disjunctures. This broader definition incorporates analyses of the crosscurrents of power, race, and identity; the recent turns toward the history of capitalism and transnational history; and an evolving understanding of American political development that cuts across eras of seeming liberal, conservative, or neoliberal ascendance. The result is a rich revelation of what political history is today.
General notePapers based on presentations at the conference "Seeing beyond the Partisan Divide", held at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia in the fall of 2016.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Genre/formConference papers and proceedings.
Genre/formConference papers and proceedings.
LCCN 2018032166
ISBN9780226596297 (cloth : alk. paper)

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