Eighties People

New Lives in the American Imagination

  • Authors
  • Kevin¬†L.¬†Ferguson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Kevin L. Ferguson
    Pages 13-35
  3. Kevin L. Ferguson
    Pages 37-56
  4. Kevin L. Ferguson
    Pages 131-144
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 145-193

About this book


Through an examination of 1980s American cultural texts and media, Kevin L. Ferguson analyzes how new types of individuals were created in order to manage otherwise hidden cultural anxieties during the American 1980s. Exploring a variety of strategies for fashioning self-knowledge in the decade, this book illuminates the hidden lives of surrogate mothers, crack babies, persons with AIDS, yuppies, and brat packers. These seemingly simple stereotypes in fact concealed deeper cultural changes and issues relating to race, class, and gender. Through a range of texts, Eighties People shows how the commonplace reading of the 1980s as a superficial period of little importance disguises the decade's real imperative: a struggle for self-definition outside of the limited set of options given by postmodern theorizing.


Michel Foucault PWA brat pack crack baby eighties person with AIDS postmodernism surrogate mother yuppies 1980s culture history humour postmodernism sociology

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