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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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Steal This Urine Test

Urine Test coverSteal This Urine Test: Fighting Drug Hysteria in America
Hoffman
1987

Submitter: Perhaps this would be best described as an awful book cover as the content is (from the bit I’ve browsed) actually a well-organized and well-researched argument against mandatory drug testing. The author, Abbie Hoffman, is famous for his earlier work, “Steal this Book” which is where the title derives from.

Holly: This cover is fantastic, though. He is too, too happy about his warm bottle of pee. #Gross

I’d weed it on age and relevancy, but my library focuses on popular materials. Your mileage may vary.

 

Angry People Doing Drugs

 

Drugs and Anger
Rawls
1997

Submitter: Extremely unpopular and cringe-worthy to read, ‘Drugs and Anger’ has it all. Featuring an abundance of stock photos and the youth of yesterday, this book is unwanted in our library. I cannot imagine anyone signing out this book, and they haven’t! For at least NINE YEARS. The red-tinted portrait [on the cover] is amazing. Take a look at these [pictures below].

Holly: There are so many weird “just say no” books out there. They all seem to have weird stock photos and the worst possible choice right on the cover. Are kids scared straight anymore?

More Drugs:

Drugs are Very Bad

Why Do People Take Drugs?

Mom and Dad Do Drugs

Friends and Drugs

Drugs are Evil

Drug Brothers

 

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