Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture
In this wide-ranging and perceptive work of cultural criticism, Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter shatter the most important myth that dominates much of radical political, economic, and cultural thinking. The idea of a counterculture -- a world outside of the consumer-dominated world that encompasses us -- pervades everything from the antiglobalization movement to feminism and environmentalism. And the idea that mocking or simply hoping the "system" will collapse, the authors argue, is not only counterproductive but has helped to create the very consumer society radicals oppose.
In a lively blend of pop culture, history, and philosophical analysis, Heath and Potter offer a startlingly clear picture of what a concern for social justice might look like without the confusion of the counterculture obsession with being different.
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NATION OF REBELS: Why Counter Culture Became Consumer CultureUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Charting the counterculture from its hippie beatification in the '60s, the authors demonstrate how both it and succeeding variations, however punkish or nerdish, have been routinely subsumed into the ... Read full review
Nation of rebels: why counterculture became consumer cultureUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
The central argument of this provocative broadside is that leftist cultural critics and alternative-lifestyle participants decry mass consumerism--even as they participate in, and perhaps drive, the ... Read full review
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