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Peace Corps FantasiesHow Development Shaped the Global Sixties$
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Molly Geidel

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692217

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692217.001.0001

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Fantasies of Brotherhood

Fantasies of Brotherhood

Modernization Theory and the Making of the Peace Corps

(p.1) 1 Fantasies of Brotherhood
Peace Corps Fantasies

Molly Geidel

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter 1 examines Peace Corps architects’ deployment of the gendered anxieties and fantasies of postwar social science in the conception, formation, staffing, and early volunteer recruitment efforts of the agency. This chapter explores how the 1960s Peace Corps embodied a racialized, gendered vision of modernity that linked economic integration to freedom, frontier masculinity, and global brotherhood.

Keywords:   Peace Corps, postwar social science, modernism, frontier masculinity, global brotherhood

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