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Author Kirk, Andrew G., 1964- author.

Title Counterculture green : the Whole earth catalog and American environmentalism / Andrew G. Kirk.

Publication Info. Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2007]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe ACLS Humanities E-Book  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 303 pages) : illustrations
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series CultureAmerica
Culture America.
ACLS Humanities E-Book.
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?
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.
Reproduction Electronic text and image data. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan, Michigan Publishing, 2022. EPUB file. ([ACLS Humanities E-Book])
Note All rights reserved.
Subject Brand, Stewart.
Whole Earth catalog (Menlo Park, Calif.)
Coevolution quarterly.
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.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author American Council of Learned Societies.
Added Title Whole earth catalog and American environmentalism
ACLS Humanities E-Book. URL:
ISBN 9780700615452 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0700615458 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780700618217 paperback
9780700615452 hardcover
Standard No. heb40142 hdl

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