Imagine Nation: The American Counterculture of the 1960s and '70s

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Peter Braunstein, Michael William Doyle
Psychology Press, 2002 - History - 398 pages
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The counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s remains a highly controversial and divisive topic in our society; virtually the only thing that anyone can agree on is its enormous impact on American life. Critics on the right complain of the shattering of cherished social norms, while those on the left take many movements to task for not going far enough and selling out. Amidst the recent flourishing of 1960s scholarship, this volume focuses solely on the counterculture. Its 14 provocative essays seek to unearth the complexity and rediscover the society-changing power of significant movements and figures. The topics covered include feminism, psychedelic drug experimentation, guerrilla theatre, the New Left, Jimi Hendrix, communal living, underground comics, and avant-garde film. As a whole, the book offers new interpretations of how the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s irrevocably changed American society.
 

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Contents

Deconditioning
15
THE INTOXICATED STATEILLEGAL NATION DRUGS IN THE SIXTIES COUNTERCULTURE
17
FROM CONSCIOUSNESS EXPANSION TO CONSCIOUSNESS RAISING FEMINISM AND THE COUNTERCULTURE
41
Cultural Politics
69
STAGING THE REVOLUTION GUERRILLA THEATER AS A COUNTERCULTURAL PRACTICE 196568
71
THE REVOLUTION IS ABOUT OUR LIVE THE NEW LEFTS COUNTERCULTURE
99
THE WHITE PANTHERS TOTAL ASSAULT ON THE CULTURE
125
Identity
157
Pop Culture and mass
241
FOREVER YOUNG INSURGENT YOUTH AND THE SIXTIES CULTURE OF REJUVENATION
243
THE MOVIES ARE A REVOLUTION FILM AND THE COUNTERCULTURE
275
SEX AS A WEAPON UNDERGROUND COMIX AND THE PARADOX OF LIBERATION
305
Alternative Visions
325
THE SIXTIESERA COMMUNES
327
MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT AND THE COUNTERCULTURE
353
CONTRIBUTORS
379

COUNTERCULTURE INDIANS AND THE NEW AGE
159
VOODOO CHILD JIMI HENDRIX
189
GAY GATHERINGS REIMAGINING THE COUNTERCULTURE
215

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About the author (2002)

Peter Braunstein is a journalist and cultural historian based in New York City. He writes about fashion, film, celebrity, the 1960s, music, technology, and pop culture for such publications as the Village Voice, Forbes, American Heritage, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Women's Wear Daily, W, and culturefront. He received his M.A. from New York University in 1992, having written a thesis on the Haight-Ashbury counterculture.
Michael William Doyle worked in the new-wave food co-op movement during the 1970s while living communally on an organic farm he helped found in Wisconsin. He went on to earn a B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1989), and a Ph.D. at Cornell University (1997). He is currently Assistant Professor of History at Ball State University at Muncie, Indiana. He is the author of Free Radicals: The Haight-Ashbury Diggers and the American Counterculture in the 1960s.