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Kirk, Andrew G., 1964-
Counterculture green : the Whole earth catalog and American environmentalism / Andrew G. Kirk
Alternate Title Whole earth catalog and American environmentalism
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2007
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  GE197 .K48 2007    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Environmentalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Counterculture -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Counterculture -- California -- San Francisco -- History -- 20th century
Technology -- Environmental aspects -- United States
Appropriate technology -- Catalogs -- History
Subject Brand, Stewart
Whole earth catalog (New York, N.Y.)
Coevolution quarterly
Physical Description xiii, 303 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 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?
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
Series Culture America

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