Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Peace Corps FantasiesHow Development Shaped the Global Sixties$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Molly Geidel

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692217

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692217.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Heroic Development in an Age of Decline

Heroic Development in an Age of Decline

Chapter:
(p.231) Conclusion Heroic Development in an Age of Decline
Source:
Peace Corps Fantasies
Author(s):

Molly Geidel

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816692217.003.0007

Geidel explains how the United States used modernization theory to maintain power in a time when countries all over the world were moving towards decolonization. “Modernity” was the end goal rather than creating freedom in the economies and governments of Third World regions. The Peace Corps was very popular at the time it was formed because it fulfilled a masculine fantasy of heroism. Today, the Peace Corps is made up of more women than men. Its value to Americans lies in nostalgia.

Keywords:   modernization theory, sexism, heroic nationalism, Third World, Peace Corps, nostalgia

Minnesota Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.