Work of the Fellows: Monographs

A Nation of Outsiders: How the White Middle Class Fell in Love with Rebellion in Postwar America

Hale, Grace Elizabeth (Fellow, 2002-03)

Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

In this wide-ranging and vividly written cultural history, Grace Elizabeth Hale sheds light on why so many white middle-class Americans chose to re-imagine themselves as outsiders in the second half of the twentieth century and explains how this unprecedented shift changed American culture and society. Love for outsiders launched the politics of both the New Left and the New Right. From the mid-sixties through the eighties, it flourished in the hippie counterculture, the back-to-the-land movement, the Jesus People movement, and among fundamentalist and Pentecostal Christians working to position their traditional isolation and separatism as strengths. It changed the very meaning of "authenticity" and "community."


Subjects: History; Middle Class; Social History; American History; Popular Culture;