American society places an increasing value and emphasis on individualism. Irene Thomson, in her 1989 study "The Transformation of the Social Bond: Images of Individualism in the 1920's Versus the l 970's," looks at the importance of individualism and its changing nature. In the l 920's, individuals were rebelling against societal expectations such as duty and responsibility. The strict moral codes were beginning to weaken, but society as a whole still had a strong influence over its members. Selves were "embedded in society" and completely defined by it. By the l 970's, the situation had changed. The biggest threat individualism posed was a self-absorption unhindered by institutionalized constraints. Society called individuals to create their own self identity, not allowed to accomplish this by role playing (Thomson, 1989). The attitudes originating in the l 970's have increased in their intensity since that time.
Hickcox, Tina C. (Tina Cherie), "Individualism and Self-Definition in America" (1996). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 215.
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Individualism--United States; Self--United States; Self-reliance--United States
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