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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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Heroic Development in an Age of Decline

Heroic Development in an Age of Decline

(p.231) Conclusion Heroic Development in an Age of Decline
Peace Corps Fantasies

Molly Geidel

University of Minnesota Press

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

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