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A Cultural History of the Radical Sixties in the San Francisco Bay Area

Studies for the International Society for Cultural History: 3

Anthony Ashbolt

272pp: 234x156mm: 2013
HB 978 1 84893 232 6: £60/$99

eBook: £24 (incl. VAT)

'Recommended. Academic and general libraries.'


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The San Francisco Bay Area was a meeting point for radical politics and counterculture in the 1960s. But until now there has been little understanding of what made political culture in this area unique. This work explores the development of a regional culture of radicalism in the Bay Area, one that underpinned both political protest and the counterculture. Ashbolt argues that geography played a key role the development of radicalism in the region. His study makes an important contribution to the history of radical politics and offers a new way of looking at America in this period.

Introduction: The Culture and Politics of Space
1 The Culture Wars and the Sixties
2 Go West!
3 Free Space, Free Speech
4 SDS Goes West
5 Genesis of a Counterculture
6 The Contradictions of Cultural Radicalism
7 Liberated Territory
8 Revolutionary Dreams, Provincial Politics
9 Soulful Socialism and Felicitous Space
Anthony Ashbolt, University of Wollongong
  • 'Recommended. Academic and general libraries.'


ISBNs: 9781848932326 978-1-84893-232-6 ISBNs: 9781848932333 978-1-84893-233-3 ISBNs: 9781781443439 978-1-78144-343-9

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