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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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Breaking the Bonds

Breaking the Bonds

Decolonization, Domesticity, and the Peace Corps Girl

(p.71) 3 Breaking the Bonds
Peace Corps Fantasies

Molly Geidel

University of Minnesota Press

The third chapter turns to the women in the 1960s Peace Corps, analyzing fictional texts about “Peace Corps girls” alongside memoirs and other nonfiction accounts by and about women volunteers. Here Geidel demonstrates how they were accommodated and constrained by the discourses of development, global brotherhood, and frontier heroism produced by the agency in its iconic decade.

Keywords:   Peace Corps girls, gender studies, developmental discourse, frontier heroism

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