American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History

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Counterculture, while commonly used to describe youth-oriented movements during the 1960s, refers to any attempt to challenge or change conventional values and practices or the dominant lifestyles of the day. This fascinating three-volume set explores these movements in America from colonial times to the present in colorful detail. "American Countercultures" is the first reference work to examine the impact of countercultural movements on American social history. It highlights the writings, recordings, and visual...

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Overview

Counterculture, while commonly used to describe youth-oriented movements during the 1960s, refers to any attempt to challenge or change conventional values and practices or the dominant lifestyles of the day. This fascinating three-volume set explores these movements in America from colonial times to the present in colorful detail. "American Countercultures" is the first reference work to examine the impact of countercultural movements on American social history. It highlights the writings, recordings, and visual works produced by these movements to educate, inspire, and incite action in all eras of the nation's history. A-Z entries provide a wealth of information on personalities, places, events, concepts, beliefs, groups, and practices. The set includes numerous illustrations, a topic finder, primary source documents, a bibliography and a filmography, and an index.

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According to this encyclopedic work, a counterculture is any movement that "stands in opposition to the conventional," and that includes everything from the Chicago Seven, cult movies, and Ben and Jerry's ice cream to freak shows, temperance movements, and Wiccans. The brief and informative entries include further-reading suggestions (some obscure, such as those in "Streaking"), and each volume includes a "Topic Finder," with entries organized by group. The central notion of this book-that almost anything may constitute a countercultural movement-is hard to swallow. Misiroglu's introduction sheds some light when it refers to the set as a "cabinet of wonders." There is a sense that this is a collection of oddities stirred into a serendipitous and caveat-filled agglomeration of the crass and the creative as well as the truly unconventional. Illustration choice is often a problem. For example, the article on Jack Chick describes the artist's style but shows no example of his infamous tract comics. Though this book has several weaknesses (some of the writing is spotty), it is a catalog of American idealism that will be not only informative to students seeking research material but also inspirational to those who feel left out.-Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765680600
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Pages: 1200
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Topic Finder; Contributors; Acknowledgments; Introduction; A-Z Entries; Abbey, Edward; Abolitionism; Abraham Lincoln Brigade; Absinthe; Abstract Expressionism; Acid Rock; Advertising; African Americans; Afrocentrism; Alcoholics Anonymous; Alcott, Amos Bronson; Algonquin Round Table; Ali, Muhammad; Alice's Restaurant; Alison, Francis; Altamont Free Concert; Amana Society; American Indian Movement; Amish; Amphetamines and Speed Freaks; Anarchism; Anarchist Cookbook, The; Anderson, Laurie; Anderson, Margaret; Andrews, Stephen Pearl; Anti-Freemasonry; Anti-Globalization Movement; Antinomianism; Apocalypse Culture; Apple Computer; Armory Show; Ashcan School; Asian Pride; Astrology; Atheism; Aurora Commune; Austin, Texas.

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