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Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture (edition 2004)

by Joseph Heath (Author), Andrew Potter (Contributor)

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An explosive rejection of the myth of the counterculture in themost provocative book since No Logo. In this wide-ranging and perceptive work of cultural criticism,Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter shatter the central myth of radicalpolitical, economic and cultural thinking. The idea of acounterculture ? that is, a world outside of the consumerdominated one that encompasses us ? pervades everythingfrom the anti-globalisation movement to feminism andenvironmentalism. And the idea that mocking the system, or tryingto ?jam? it so it will collapse, they argue, is notonly counterproductive but has helped to create the very consumersociety that rad icals oppose. In a lively blend of pop culture, history and philosophicalanalysis, Heath and Potter offer a startlingly clear picture ofwhat a concern for social justice might look like without theconfusion of the counterculture obsession with being different.… (more)
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Title:Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture
Authors:Joseph Heath (Author)
Other authors:Andrew Potter (Contributor)
Info:Harper Business (2004), Edition: First U.S. Edition, Later Printing, 368 pages
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The Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can't Be Jammed by Joseph Heath

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Terrible. Conflated, hyperbolic trash.
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this book and found it both entertaining and educational. The format is like reading a very clear research paper on consumerism, capitalism and western culture, but which has links to the everyday experience. Read it in one sitting because it was like attending a really good lecture, or watching an intriguing documentary. Felt like reading it again once I put it down, so will return to it again. ( )
  CarterPJ | Nov 5, 2011 |
An interesting read. The authors point out the flaws in logic of the counter-culture movement, but don't really offer any solutions because there are none. ( )
1 vote jennifer117 | Jun 28, 2009 |
In many ways a good critique of so called 'counterculture'. Does a good job when it comes to explaining some of the logic behind the radical counterculture ideology. There are some weak points here and there, and especially the conclusion seems pasted on. Over all a good read though. I read it in one sitting. The language is not very complicated.

I'd recommend it to everyone. Even though it is a bit uneven, there are interesting points and it is a good starting point for discussion. ( )
  danielbeattie | Jun 2, 2008 |
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An explosive rejection of the myth of the counterculture in themost provocative book since No Logo. In this wide-ranging and perceptive work of cultural criticism,Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter shatter the central myth of radicalpolitical, economic and cultural thinking. The idea of acounterculture ? that is, a world outside of the consumerdominated one that encompasses us ? pervades everythingfrom the anti-globalisation movement to feminism andenvironmentalism. And the idea that mocking the system, or tryingto ?jam? it so it will collapse, they argue, is notonly counterproductive but has helped to create the very consumersociety that rad icals oppose. In a lively blend of pop culture, history and philosophicalanalysis, Heath and Potter offer a startlingly clear picture ofwhat a concern for social justice might look like without theconfusion of the counterculture obsession with being different.

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