Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Popular Culture and War in the Vietnam Era
by Allen, Michael W., M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2017, 114; 10275245
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines popular culture as a primary element informing human thought, thereby enabling popular culture to materially influence individual and group perceptions of imagined-identity, for both Vietnamese and Americans during, and after, war in Vietnam. These perceptions direct the way in which history is informed and written. This symbiosis of experience reflects the wave particle duality of quantum theory, wherein the composition of that which is observed is influenced by the act of observation. Energy is inherent within and of the particulate matter of popular culture, while particulate matter is intrinsic to the energy of human thought, with each observing the other. Therefore, popular culture informs, and is informed by, the mental-image ideation process experienced through human sensual experience. This argument demonstrates the power of stage productions, songs, books, movies, television programs, comic books, and rhetoric to channel the attitudes and beliefs of innumerable individuals in ways that are almost invisible. Each of these mediums embeds mental-image ideations in the minds of those encountering their sensory inputs. This contributes to ordering our perceptions of popular culture, and our interpretations of historical self-identity. Within this context, popular culture becomes the loom upon which the fabric of history is woven. Our continued awareness of the authority of generational inheritances, of popular culture ideation, to markedly contribute to this process, coupled with our individual historical experiences, offers a portal of understanding to the way in which these mental-image nuclei inform our past, our present, our future, and our interpretation of history.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Manuel, Jeffrey T.
Commitee: Paulett, Robert E., Stacy, Jason E.
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Historical Studies
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, History, Military history
Keywords: Popular culture, Thesis, Vietnam war
Publication Number: 10275245
ISBN: 9781369796988
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