Storefront Revolution: Food Co-ops and the Counterculture

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Rutgers University Press, 1994 - Business & Economics - 159 pages
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In the 1960s, the cooperative networks of food stores, restaurants, bakeries, bookstores, and housing alternatives were part counterculture, part social experiment, part economic utopia, and part revolutionary political statement. The co-ops gave activists a place where they could both express themselves and accomplish at least some small-scale changes. But these activists could not always agree among themselves on their goals.

Craig Cox, a journalist who was active in the co-op movement, here provides the first book to look at food co-ops during the 1960s and 1970s. He presents a dramatic story of hope and conflict within the Minneapolis network, one of the largest co-op structures in the country. His "view from the front" of the "Co-op War" that ensued between those who wanted personal liberation through the movement and those who wanted a working-class revolution challenges us to re-think possibilities for social and political change.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER TWO Reconstructing the World
14
CHAPTER THREE Revolutionary Food
28
CHAPTER FIVE Criticism Discussion Transformation
56
CHAPTER SEVEN Invasion of the Stalinoids
84
CHAPTER EIGHT War
98
CHAPTERNINE The End of Innocence
111
CHAPTER TEN The Golden Age
125
Notes
145
About the Author
159
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