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The rise and fall of Synanon : a California utopia

Author: Rod A Janzen; Center for American Places.
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.
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Synanon began as a drug rehabilitation centre in 1958, but evolved quickly into an experimental commune and "religion". Based on primary sources and interviews with former members, this study  Read more...

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Janzen, Rod A.
Rise and fall of Synanon.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001
(DLC) 00010554
(OCoLC)44669258
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rod A Janzen; Center for American Places.
ISBN: 0801876141 9780801876141
OCLC Number: 51504386
Notes: "Published in cooperation with the Center for American Places, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Harrisonburg, Virginia."
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 300 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Synanon and the image of a rattlesnake in a mailbox --
In the beginning: a cure for drug addicts --
The coming of the squares --
Integration and the game --
The Synanon school --
Dopefiends and squares --
Communal art, re-creation, and a new religious identity --
Violence and shaved heads --
The end of childbirth and changing partners --
Legal issues and materialism --
A period of darkened light --
The final years --
Reasons for the decline --
Synanon people on the outside.
Responsibility: Rod Janzen.

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"Authoritative and highly readable." -- Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times "A most offbeat and interesting work by an historian well versed in the history of American utopianism." -- Choice "A Read more...

 
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