Project 5 “Critiquing Diversity” lecture series 2017 “Institutional Logic and Social Change: The U.S. Army and ‘the Problem of Race’ during the US War in Vietnam” by Professor Beth BAILEY
- Time and Date
- 6:00 - 7:30PM, Wednesday, December 20, 2017
- Collaboration Room 3, 4th Floor, Building 18, Komaba Campus, The University of Tokyo
- Beth BAILEY (Foundation Professor, Department of History, University of Kansas)
- Admission Free; No Registration Required
- Organized by
- the Educational Project 5 “Cultural Diversity and Imagination,” Integrated Human Sciences Program for Cultural Diversity, The University of Tokyo
Project 5 “Cultural Diversity and Imagination” is pleased to inform that we are inviting Professor Beth Bailey to our lecture series 2017 “Critiquing Diversity”. Please refer to the abstract and bio below for details. We look forward to seeing you all at this event.
In the late 1960s, the U.S. Army confronted what some characterized as an internal “war”—a level of racial violence that senior army leaders believed threatened its ability to provide for the defense of the nation. Given the high stakes of the problem, army leaders pursued multiple solutions, including some that were in tension with the usual practices, values, and institutional logic of the army. In an era of cultural nationalism, as young African American soldiers demanded recognition of black identity and symbols of black pride, army leaders accommodated the fundamental point of contestation: that black racial identity mattered. I will discuss the Army’s institutional attempts to manage “the problem of race” by tracing struggles over hair, as black soldiers demanded the right to signal racial identity and army leaders struggled to fit those demands into an institution structured around uniformity, universally applicable regulations, hierarchy, discipline, and order.
About the speaker
(Foundation Professor, Department of History, University of Kansas)
military and US society; war and society; history of gender and sexuality; recent US history
- America’s Army: Making the All-Volunteer Force (Harvard University Press, 2009)
- From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-Century America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993)
- IHS students will be asked to submit a report essay after attending the lecture.
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