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Old stuff, textbooks, past events, etc.

Interracial Marriage

Interracial Marriage - coverInterracial Marriage: Expectations and Realities
Stuart
1973

Submitter: I am not sure this very old scholarly tome is worth keeping in a modern public library. Maybe a research library? Either way, it is not current and could use an update.

Holly: This was probably a good, well-researched book in 1973. The expectations and realities are no longer, well, expected or reality. This is an easy weeder for a public library. For current data, see Pew.

 

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Lifestyles of the Hippies

Hippie Trip coverThe Hippie Trip
Yablonsky
1968

Here is your insider guide to the mysterious world of hippies. This mostly academic work details the lifestyles of hippie culture through surveys, interviews and case studies.Yablonsky is a relatively important figure and his unorthodox research methods were part of an “immersion” philosophy as an academic. (He died in 2014 and you can read his obituary here.) Obviously, his work is important and should be included in sociology collections in the academic world. A larger public library would also probably consider including this in the collection, if community interest supported this kind of work.

I kind of chuckle since it reminds me of my undergraduate intro course in Sociology back in the day where the professor used the “hip” dialogue so he could relate to his students. Even in the late 70s, this guy sounded dated and ridiculous. I will also never forget that his opening lecture included the line: “Sociology is what sociologists do.”

Stay groovy everyone and tell it like it is,

Mary

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Science and Morality

science and moral life cover

Science and the Moral Life
Otto
1949

Philosophy nerds might recognize Max Otto’s name. You can read about his writings and career here. Obviously, Otto’s writing is worthy of collection and inclusion in a variety of libraries. This little paperback has seen better days and the cover is a bit odd. (The family looks like they might be on some mind altering drugs.) After reading the brief bio in the link, I think I am going to read the book. I appreciate the idea of making philosophy more accessible and useful to the general public.

Mary

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