Nation of Rebels

Nation of Rebels

Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture

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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Collins : 2004
ISBN: 9780060745868
006074586X
Branch Call Number: 306.3 HEA 2004
Characteristics: 358p
Additional Contributors: Potter, Andrew

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NFreaderNWPL Dec 06, 2016

A very useful and generally well-argued polemic against the turn toward cultural politics beginning in the sixties. Some parts are laugh-out-loud funny. Personally I found a few moments where the authors' contrarian itch got the better of them quite off-putting, but it would be a shame to let tho... Read More »


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NFreaderNWPL Dec 06, 2016

A very useful and generally well-argued polemic against the turn toward cultural politics beginning in the sixties. Some parts are laugh-out-loud funny. Personally I found a few moments where the authors' contrarian itch got the better of them quite off-putting, but it would be a shame to let those blind spots obscure the rest of their argument. (Note: This is the same book as "The Rebel Sell," but with a different title for American audiences.)

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