The Rebel Sell: How the Counter Culture Became Consumer Culture by Joseph Heath & Andrew Potter newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Capstone, 2005, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: With the incredible popularity of Michael Moores books and films, and the continuing success of anti-consumer critiques like ADBUSTERS magazine and Naomi Kleins NO LOGO, it is hard to ignore the growing tide of resistance to the corporate-dominated world. But do these vocal opponents of the status quo offer us a real political alternative?
In this wide-ranging and perceptive work of cultural criticism, Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter shatter the central myth of radical political, economic and cultural thinking. The idea of a counterculture that is, a world outside of the consumer dominated one that encompasses us pervades everything from the anti-globalisation movement to feminism and environmentalism. And the idea that mocking the system, or trying to jam it so it will collapse, they argue, is not only counterproductive but has helped to create the very consumer society that radicals oppose.
In a lively blend of pop culture, history and philosophical analysis, Heath and Potter offer a startlingly clear picture of what a concern for social justice might look like without the confusion of the countercultural obsession with being different.
Very Good+ in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 352 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5½”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt with you something from here?