West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California by Iain BoalWest of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California by Iain Boal

West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California

EditorIain Boal, Janferie Stone, Michael Watts

Paperback | April 1, 2012

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In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, a large portion of the population had become disenchanted with the American way of life that they did not feel they belonged to. While some openly revolted in the streets, others took to turning away from the mainstream and headed toward a new world. Utopian visions, manifesting themselves in the form of communes, were aimed at breaking the bonds of capitalism, big business, and the reigning oligarchy and were popping up throughout the country. The San Francisco Bay Area was the hotbed of these communes, and from the Height-Ashbury in San Francisco, east to Berkeley’s protest hub at Sproul Plaza, and south to Oakland’s Black Panther’s communal households, this is an exploration of this unique cultural revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. The history and vision of communal living is investigated in a series of essays aimed at explaining just what these communes were, how lives were lived within them, and what their goals entailed.

Iain Boal is an Irish social historian who is affiliated with the University of California–Berkeley and Birkbeck College–London. He is the author of The Green Machine and the coauthor of Retort’s Afflicted Power. He lives in San Francisco. Janferie Stone is a teacher and writer whose essays have been published in Sustainable Feminisms....
Title:West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern CaliforniaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 1, 2012Publisher:PM PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1604864273

ISBN - 13:9781604864274


Editorial Reviews

"This excellent, unique collection comes via the joint efforts of a multidisciplinary team of scholars as well as first-person accounts of activists and others. Together, they provide a large variety of perspectives from the most removed and scholarly to the most personal and passionate regarding communal experiments (including everything from the late Berkeley Co-Op store to deep experiments in communal living around Mendocino) in an area rife with experimental forms of living in the 1960s and after." —CHOICE (September 2012)