The World Turned Inside Out explores American thought and culture in the formative moment of the late twentieth century in the aftermath of the fabled Sixties. The overall argument here is that the tendencies and sensibilities we associate with that earlier moment of upheaval decisively shaped intellectual agendas and cultural practices in the 1980s and 90s.
James Livingston is professor of history at Rutgers University. He is the author of, most recently, Pragmatism and the Political Economy of Cultural Revolution, 1850-1940 and Pragmatism, Feminism, and Democracy: Rethinking the Politics of American History.
Foreword Preface: The World Elsewhere is Not Chapter 1: "From Dusk to Dawn": Origins and Effects of the Reagan Revolution Chapter 2: "Tenured Radicals" in the Ivory Tower/The Great Transformation of Higher Education Chapter 3: The Creators and Constituents of the "Postmodern Condition" Chapter 4: "Signs of Signs": Watching the "End of Modernity" at the Cineplex Chapter 5: "Angels in America": Technologies of Desire and Recognition Chapter 6: The Ending of the "American Century" Coda: Keep Arguing Appendix: Their Great Depression and Ours Bibliographic Essay