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Counterculture green : the Whole earth catalog and American environmentalism

Title
Counterculture green : the Whole earth catalog and American environmentalism / Andrew G. Kirk.
ISBN
9780700615452
0700615458
070061821X
9780700618211
9780700618217
9780700615452
Publication
Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2007]
Copyright Notice Date
©2007
Physical Description
1 online resource (xiii, 303 pages) : illustrations
Local Notes
Access is available to the Yale community.
Notes
Electronic text and image data. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan, Michigan Publishing, 2022. EPUB file. ([ACLS Humanities E-Book])
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Access restricted by licensing agreement.
Summary
For many, it was more than a publication: it was a way of life. The Whole Earth Catalog billed itself as "Access to Tools," and it grew from a Bay Area blip to a national phenomenon catering to hippies, do-it-yourselfers, and anyone interested in self-sufficiency independent of mainstream America (now known as "living off the grid"). In recovering the history of the Catalog's unique brand of environmentalism, historian Kirk recounts how Stewart Brand and the Point Foundation promoted a philosophy of pragmatic environmentalism that celebrated technological achievement, human ingenuity, and sustainable living. Kirk shows us that Whole Earth was more than a mere counterculture fad. At a time when many of these ideas were seen as heretical to a predominantly wilderness-based movement, it became a critical forum for environmental alternatives and a model for how complicated ecological ideas could be presented in a hopeful and even humorous way.--From publisher description.
Variant and related titles
Whole earth catalog and American environmentalism
ACLS Humanities E-Book.
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
February 15, 2023
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-291) and index.
Contents
Introduction: one highly evolved tool box
Environmental heresies
Thing-makers, tool freaks, and prototypers
Bailing wire hippies
On point
The final frontier
Free minds, free markets
Epilogue: What happened to appropriate technology?
Also listed under
American Council of Learned Societies.
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