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Peace Corps Fantasies: How Development Shaped the Global Sixties

Molly Geidel


To tens of thousands of volunteers in its first decade, the Peace Corps was “the toughest job you’ll ever love.” In the United States’ popular imagination to this day, it is a symbol of selfless altruism and the most successful program of John F. Kennedy’s presidency. But in her provocative new cultural history of the 1960s Peace Corps, Molly Geidel argues that the agency’s representative development ventures also legitimated the violent exercise of American power around the world and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. In the 1960s, the practice of development work, embodied by iconic ... More

Keywords: Peace Corps, American studies, global inequality, modernization, heroism, global capitalism, ethnography, Bolivian history, indigenous nationalism, anti-war movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816692217
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816692217.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Molly Geidel, author
University of Manchester