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West of Eden : communes and utopia in northern California

Author: Iain A Boal; Janferie Stone; Michael Watts; Calvin Winslow
Publisher: Oakland, CA : PM Press, Retort, [2012] ©2012
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This account charts the rise of communalism in the 60s and 70s, as thousands turned their backs on their assigned roles in order to build another world together. Using memoir and flashbacks, the quest to find an alternative to the traditional nuclear family and the consumptive way of living is illuminated.

"Focusing on the San Francisco Bay Area and hinterlands, with a deep history and rich legacy of cooperative schemes, West of Eden uses interviews and historical research to present vivid portraits of the rural communes of Mendocino and Sonoma, the Black Panther households in Oakland, the Diggers of Haight-Ashbury, the Native American occupation of Alcatraz, and the hippies' love affair with the Bucky dome."--Back cover.  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Iain A Boal; Janferie Stone; Michael Watts; Calvin Winslow
ISBN: 9781604864274 1604864273
OCLC Number: 726821221
Description: xxv, 262 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. Context. California communes : a venerable tradition / by Timothy Miller --
Conviviality and perspicacity : evaluating 1960s communitarianism / by Michael William Doyle --
The counterculture as commons : the ecology of community in the Bay Area / by Jeff Lustig --
The commune as badlands as utopia as autonomous zone / by Jesse Drew --
pt. II. The city. Bulldozers in utopia : open land, outlaw territory, and the code wars / by Felicity D. Scott --
The dome and the shack : the dialectics of hippie enlightenment / by Simon Sadler --
Occupied Alcatraz : native American community and activism / by Janferie Stone --
Communalism and the Black Panther party in Oakland, California / by Robyn C. Spencer --
Magus of the counterculture : Ramón Sender talks with Iain Boal --
pt. III. The country. The Albion nation : communes on the Mendocino Coast / by Cal Winslow --
Our bodies, our communal selves / by Janferie Stone --
pt. IV. Legacies. Green gold and the American way / by Ray Raphael --
Counterculture, cyberculture, and the third culture : reinventing civilization, then and now / by Lee Worden --
Caught on the hop of history : communes and communards on the canvas of '68 / by Michael Watts --
Epilogue / by Cal Winslow.
Responsibility: edited by Iain Boal, Janferie Stone, Michael Watts, and Cal Winslow.

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This account charts the rise of communalism in the 60s and 70s, as thousands turned their backs on their assigned roles in order to build another world together. Using memoir and flashbacks, the quest to find an alternative to the traditional nuclear family and the consumptive way of living is illuminated.

"Focusing on the San Francisco Bay Area and hinterlands, with a deep history and rich legacy of cooperative schemes, West of Eden uses interviews and historical research to present vivid portraits of the rural communes of Mendocino and Sonoma, the Black Panther households in Oakland, the Diggers of Haight-Ashbury, the Native American occupation of Alcatraz, and the hippies' love affair with the Bucky dome."--Back cover.

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