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Thumbing a ride : hitchhikers, hostels, and counterculture in Canada

Author: Linda Mahood
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : UBC Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"As a national network of roads spread across Canada, so did the practice of hitchhiking. Thumbing a Ride examines its rise and fall in the 1970s, drawing on records from the time. Many equated adventure travel with freedom and independence, but a counter-narrative emerged of girls gone missing and other dangers. Town councillors, community groups, and motorists demanded a clampdown on a transient youth movement  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Mahood, Linda, 1960-, author.
Thumbing a ride.:
Vancouver, British Columbia : UBC Press, 2018.
(CaOONL)20189009934
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Mahood
ISBN: 0774837330 9780774837330
OCLC Number: 1007061550
Description: xii, 331 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: 1 Get your Motor Running: Risk, Ritual, and Rite of Passage Travel2 Thumb Wars: Adventure Hitchhiking3 Rucksack Revolution: Quest in the Age of Aquarius4 Cool-Aid: The Transient Youth Movement5 Crash Pads: Blue-Jean Bureaucrats versus the Canadian Youth Hostels Association6 Head Out on the Highway: Stories from the Trans-Canada Highway7 Car Sick: Hitchhiking Dos and Don'tsConclusion: The Vanishing Hitchhiker EulogyNotesIndex
Other Titles: Hitchhikers, hostels, and counterculture in Canada
Responsibility: Linda Mahood.

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Asking new questions about travel and risk taking as a rite of passage, this book examines the rise and fall of hitchhiking in the 1970s and the accompanying adult scrutiny of youth subculture.  Read more...

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Thumbing a Ride explores hitchhiking's resurgence in Canada during the 1970s, when the then-teenage Mahood took to the road, thumb stretched out, seeking rides. In her concise but wide-ranging study, Read more...

 
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