Canadian Countercultures and the Environment

Canadian Countercultures and the Environment

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As the counterculture foresaw, finding a balance between technology and environment is not easy and it continues to be one of the most pressing issues facing the world today. Fifty years after the hippies began to have an impact in Canada, this collection of essays revisits how various groups who contested mainstream norms in the sixties, seventies, and eighties approached the environment. Case studies from the Yukon to Atlantic Canada explore the ways Canadians who identified with rural and urban countercultures from 1960s to 1980s engaged with environmental issues. Distributed by Michigan State U. Press. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Studies of the radical environmental politics of the 1960s have tended to downplay the extent to which much of that countercultural intellectual and social ferment continued into the 1970s and 1980s. Canadian Countercultures and the Environment adds to our knowledge of this understudied period. This collection contributes a sustained analysis of the beginning of major environmental debates in this era and examines a range of issues related to broad environmental concerns, topics which emerged as key concerns in the context of Cold War military investments and experiments, the oil crisis of the 1970s, debates over gendered roles, and the increasing attention to urban pollution and pesticide use.No other publication dealing with this period covers the wide range of environmental topics (among others, activism, midwifery, organic farming, recycling, urban cycling, and communal living) or geographic locales, from Yukon to Atlantic Canada. Together, they demonstrate how this period influenced and informed environmental action and issues in ways that have had a long-term impact on Canadian society.With contributions by:Matt CaversMegan DaviesNancy JanovicekAlan MacEachernDavid NeufeldRyan O'ConnorDaniel RossHenry TrimSharon Weaver

Publisher: Calgary, Alberta :, University of Calgary Press,, [2016]
Copyright Date: © 2016
ISBN: 9781552388143
Characteristics: x, 302 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Coates, Colin MacMillan 1960-,- Editor


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